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
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+).
• 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:
Times and commitment required for this role
Minimum time commitment: 3 months
Hours required: 1hrs Monthly
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:
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.
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.