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Because mental health conditions are so complex and affect people in so many different ways, there are also many different ways that research can help advance our understanding. Many studies focus on brain science and genetics, using technology that becomes more advanced every year. Researchers also study the ways that people with mental health conditions interact with their families, with health care workers, and with their communities. These studies help design better tools for therapy and symptom management, better training programs for health care workers, and better policies for using resources in the community to ensure that people with mental health conditions can lead healthy fulfilling lives.
In addition to investigational scientific studies, clinical trials are very important in mental health research. They represent the final stage of testing new treatments, like medications or psychotherapies. In these trials, a treatment is often compared to a placebo or different treatment. A participant will usually be “randomized” to receive either the new treatment or a placebo. Because of this randomization, the participant might receive therapeutic benefit, or they might not. However, every clinical trial contributes to advancing scientific knowledge and helping people in the future. For more information on this topic, please see NIMH’s Questions & Answers document.
Although NAMI does not conduct any research studies directly, we may support studies conducted by government, academic, or private industry partners by sharing Research Opportunity Announcements with our leaders, membership, and the general public.
Researchers who have secured IRB approval for their studies may submit an application requesting a partnership with NAMI.
Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more.
NAMI advocates that any research involving human subjects must be in accordance with the highest scientific, medical and ethical standards. This is necessary to protect the individuals and families who contribute to scientific progress by participating in clinical trials, NAMI specifically stresses that:
Several government and private industry organizations are dedicated to protecting the rights and safety of scientific study and clinical trial volunteers. For more information, please visit their webpages.
Before you participate in a clinical trial or scientific study, make sure you can answer the following questions:
Remember that all participation in research is voluntary, and not considered part of your treatment plan.
To explore available opportunities to volunteer as a research study participant, you may use the search tool below. Begin by entering the mental health condition that is relevant to your experience. Please note that by using this tool, you will leave NAMI.org and access your search results on Antidote's website.
Find a study at antidote.me
Although there are countless valuable research studies and clinical trials in progress at any moment, NAMI would like to highlight a few that are particularly valuable to our members and the mental health advocacy community.
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