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Healthy Volunteers Needed for Study on Memory & Depression (aged 50+)

St. Patrick's Mental Health Services

About St. Patrick's Mental Health Services

St. Patrick's Mental Health Services is Ireland’s largest, independent, not-for-profit mental health service and aspires to be the recognised leader in:
1. the provision of quality mental health care
2. the promotion of mental health awareness
3. the protection of the rights and integrity of those experiencing mental health difficulties

What's Involved

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at St Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. Our research aims to better our understanding of depression and improve its treatment.

We are currently looking for healthy volunteers to help us with our study: AMBER-Dep: Autobiographical Memory and Depression. This study aims to investigate the effects of depression and its treatment on memory function. In this study, healthy volunteers will act as controls; a comparison group to the depressed participants. Comparing scores on assessments between these groups will allow for a better understanding of depression and its impact on memory.

All participants will be asked to complete a series of clinical assessments during three meetings with the research team, scheduled over the course of four months.

• An initial meeting
• 1 month follow up
• 3 month follow up

All assessments will be conducted at St Patrick’s University Hospital and can be expected to last approximately one hour or less. Every attempt will be made to ensure that meetings are scheduled to suit the needs of the participants and reimbursements for travel costs will be made available.

We hope that this study will help us to better understand memory and depression and thus inform attempts to improve the available treatment for this devastating mental illness; the ultimate aim of our research.

What's required for this position

We are looking for volunteers who are:

• Aged 18+ (Currently only recruiting those aged 50+).
• Healthy.
• Have no history of psychiatric or neurological illness.

Minimum time commitment: 4 months.
Hours required: 2hrs spread over the course of 4 months (1hr, 30min, 30min).

  • Fitness/ Health/ Beauty
  • Research/ Journalism/ Media

Level of English required for this role:
Fluent English

Times and commitment required for this role


Minimum time commitment: 3 months

Hours required: 1hrs Monthly

Other Details

Location of volunteering opportunity:
St Patrick's University Hospital, James's Street, Dublin 8

Also available in these counties
Carlow, Cavan, Dublin - City, Dublin - Fingal, Dublin - South Dublin County, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Wicklow

Screening details for this role:

  • Formal Interview

Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

  • Reimbursement of expenses

Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

The information gathered during this study will contribute to scientific knowledge on depression and inform further research, with the ultimate aim of improving available treatment and the quality of life of depressed individuals and their families.

Getting there

The following transport options are within a 5-minute walk away from the hospital Rail: Heuston Station Luas: The Red Line Luas Heuston Station stop Bus: 13 | 123  to James' Street or 25A | 25B | 66X | 67X | 79 | 79A to Heuston Station.

  • This opportunity is posted by:
  • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
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