NICM Health Research Institute

Lifestyle medicine and depression – volunteers needed

NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University is looking for volunteers to complete a short online survey about lifestyle habits, technology use and program preferences.

The research program led by Fiona Hargraves, a recipient of a NICMHRI-Blackmores Institute Scholarship, is looking for participants aged over 18 who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe depression, and who have experienced a recent depressive episode. The results will be used to inform the design of a randomised controlled trial of lifestyle medicine for managing depression to be conducted in 2020, which will identify lifestyle medicine options to complement widely-used strategies such as pharmaceuticals and psychology.

Researchers will investigate the benefits of a combination of lifestyle interventions to improve depressive mood. While individual lifestyle components such as exercise, nutrition and sleep can help depressive mood, the potential benefits of a combination of these elements into a program has not previously been studied.

Criteria for participating:

  • Men and women aged over 18 years
  • Have been diagnosed using a clinical validated depression scale with moderate to severe depression
  • Have experienced a recent depressive episode (within the last month)
  • Are receiving treatment for depression (pharmacological/psychological)
  • Are able to read and understand English

Participants will be asked to complete a short online survey composed of 23 questions, multiple choice, scales and short answers. The survey can be completed on a mobile phone or computer and is estimated to take 5 minutes.

If you, or someone you know have been diagnosed with depression you may be eligible to join the study, for more information visit:

Learn more about the NICM Scholarships, and the work conducted by the recipients.

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