About Mental Health Research

Clinical Research: Is taking part in a clinical research study right for you?
Clinical research is an essential part of today's psychiatric medicine. It involves carefully designed studies which test new ways to treat and prevent several different psychiatric illnesses. Research studies assist the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and major pharmaceutical companies in the final stages of the long research process. The studies involve procedures which protect the health, well-being and safety of each participant. Advances in medicine and science are the result of new ideas and approaches that are developed through research.

To learn more about clinical trials, check out NIMH's Clinical Trials - Information for Participants; Clinical Research Trials and You: Questions and Answers brochure; or visit the NIH Clinical Trials and You website.

Additional Federal Resources:
Questions to Ask When Deciding Whether or Not to Volunteer for Research (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Participating in Research Video Series (developed by the HHS Office for Human Research Protection)