Research

Research is vital to advancing our understanding of mental health and—one day—finding a cure for mental health conditions. Research is the ultimate source of hope for people in recovery and their families.

Scientific research on how the brain works is crucial to understanding early intervention strategies and key elements of mental health, including how nutrition, genetics, physical health and medications impact outcomes.

NAMI advocates to ensure that research on mental illness gets the funding it deserves. We cover breakthroughs in research in online and print content and honor one spectacular person every year for innovative work in the field of mental health with the NAMI Scientific Research Award.

Participating in Research Studies

If you have a mental health condition, taking part in a clinical trial is one way to advance treatment and research for people today and in the future. The website clinicaltrials.gov offers a listing of available trials. If you are interested in participating a study, make sure that you can answer the following questions.

  • Has an institutional review board (IRB) approved the study?
  • What is the study about?
  • What will you be asked to do in the study?
  • What risks might you face?
  • Whom do you contact with questions, concerns or problems?
  • How will you be kept informed about the progress and results of the study?

You should fully understand the project and your role in it before signing an informed consent document. Do not participate in studies you do not fully understand. Remember that all participation in research is voluntary and is not part of your treatment.