Anxiety Research

EQUITy: Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone

The EQUITy programme is a £2.4 million research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research’s Programme Grants for Applied Research funding stream. It aims to improve the way psychological therapies for depression and anxiety are delivered by telephone so that we can ensure that people receive the care that they need.

Depression and anxiety are common mental health problems that can cause substantial difficulties for people who experience them. The NHS has created an innovative psychological therapy service called Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT), to help people with these conditions. EQUITy is working closely with patients and professionals to ensure the work is acceptable to the people accessing IAPT services and those supporting patients.

If you would like to take part or would like further information about the programme you can email us at


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Ends:1st October 2023

Genetic Links to Anxiety & Depression

Exciting new opportunity to engage in anxiety/depression research

Depression and anxiety are common but complex disorders whose research needs very large sample sizes. The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study launches this September and aims to recruit >40,000 individuals. Anyone age 16 years or older who has experienced anxiety or depression during their lives can join this recontactable database to facilitate future research. Participants will also join a national Mental Health BioResource and contribute to the largest ever single study of anxiety and depression.

How can I take part?

All enrollment takes place online at our website, An online animation explains the consent process with more detailed information in text format. Once you have provided consent and completed an online questionnaire you will be sent a saliva DNA sample kit to enable genetic studies.

We really hope you will join us in this important endeavour.


Ends 29/01/2028

How young women with anxiety understand and manage their anxiety in their everyday lives

Research aim

This research aims to work with young women with experiences of anxiety to explore their understandings and positive ways of managing anxiety in their everyday lives.

Research criteria

To participate in this research, you need to:
• Be a woman aged 18-30 living in the UK
• Have experienced anxiety that has had a negative and debilitating impact on your everyday life, within the last three years
• Have found positive ways to manage your anxiety in your everyday life.

Research information
Over four weeks, you will keep a reflective diary on the positive ways you manage anxiety in your everyday life, and any enablers or barriers for this, as well as taking into account any changes in your experiences during the covid-19 pandemic. If you want to, you can use creative methods such as poetry, photography or drawing to help you reflect. Your reflections will be discussed in an individual interview, which will take place online. You will also have the optional opportunity to meet with other participants at the end of the research to discuss the findings and how to get the key messages out (social distancing requirements permitting).

Contact details
This research is being carried out by Anna Dadswell as part of a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University, supervised by Professor Carol Munn-Giddings and Dr Melanie Boyce. Please contact Anna by emailing if you are interested in taking part in this research and would like more information.

Ends 31/12/2020

Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults – Recruitment of Public Contributors

Are you a member of the public interested in research on anxiety in older adults?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for five public contributors to join our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Group. Members of this group will act as ‘critical friends’ by providing advice and guidance to the research team on certain aspects of the study.

The ‘Understanding Anxiety in Older Adults’ study is part of a PhD thesis which aims to explore how older people with anxiety, from different cultural backgrounds, understand anxiety, how they cope with it, and what they believe are the barriers to seeking help.

We hope that the findings of this study will help us understand how to improve health services provided to older people with anxiety and how to make these services more acceptable to them.

Being a public contributor would benefit your personal development as it would:

  • provide you with the opportunity to act as a champion for older people,
  • provide you with the opportunity to learn more about research.

Responsibilities of public contributors include:

  • working with the research team members on certain aspects of the study such as developing the interview guide, developing the participant recruitment material, providing input on the interpretation of the study findings and sharing the study findings with key stakeholders.

Eligibility criteria:

We wish to involve five adults, aged 65 years or over, who self-identify as being White British or South Asian (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi) or African Caribbean, and are willing to fulfil the public contributor responsibilities. The membership will extend from August 2020 to January 2022.

Working methods:

  • Group meetings will be conducted via a digital platform, such as Zoom.
  • You will be reimbursed for your time as per INVOLVE guidance.

This research is being carried out by Rasha Alkholy as part of a PhD at the University of Manchester, supervised by Professor Karina Lovell, Professor Penny Bee and Dr Rebecca Pedley. This PhD is funded by the University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Award.

If you are interested in becoming a public contributor, please contact Rasha Alkholy (contact details below), for further details.

Contact details:


Phone number: 07716899787

Ends 31/12/2020

List Your Anxiety Research

You can submit your anxiety research for listing on our website by filling out a submission form.

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