Participate in Research

We need research to understand how depression and related illnesses develop and progress, how and why depression can affect different people in different ways, how to help people feel better, and how to keep symptoms from returning. Without the involvement of individual participants, however, research and medicine would not advance – we need people to make progress. In fact, all of the treatments that modern healthcare offers, including medications, devices, and procedures, are available because people have agreed to participate in research studies. At the Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry, our array of research offers many opportunities to partner with us in the search for answers that can improve the lives of people living with a variety of mental health conditions. Participating in one of our research studies may provide you with more information about your condition, access to new treatments before they are widely available, and the chance to help others by increasing knowledge. Learn more about the “who, when, why, where, and how” of joining a study from several Depression Center researchers who have provided their perspectives on participation based on their many years of experience developing studies and working with participants.

Find a study

Participating in research is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference in improving mental health care, and there are many ways to get involved. At the University of Michigan, thousands of people take part in research studies each year, and each person’s participation matters! Here are some ways to get involved in mental health research at U-M and elsewhere:

  • Visit UMClinicalStudies.org, created to help people find clinical and health research studies at U-M, engage with the study teams performing this research, and receive personalized study recommendations. Search the site for open studies, or sign up for an account to tailor recommendations and notifications.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the U.S. and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov provides information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and contact information.
  • WeSearchTogether.org, a collaboration between the Depression Center and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), is a nationwide clearinghouse connecting people living with mental health conditions to opportunities to participate in studies that are seeking volunteers. It also gives potential participants a say in the priorities, direction, and evaluation of mental health research.