One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health issue in a given year. Yet, the causes and consequences of even the most common mental health conditions are not fully understood.

In this project researchers will analyse ‘big data’ to draw meaningful insights out of vast quantities of information. In this way, they hope to shed new light on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of common mental health conditions.

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Online Survey: Health Data Sharing


Have you ever used the NHS? Are you aged 18 or over? If so, we want to hear your views on health data sharing. 

  • What types of data should (or shouldn't) be shared? 
  • Who should be able to access health data? 
  • What should health data be used for (if anything)? 

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and involves filling in some information about you, your use of the NHS, and your attitudes to data sharing.

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