University of Bath

Get help for anxiety-related mental health problems

We need volunteers for a new study to improve the options available to people with anxiety-related conditions.

We're running a new study to improve the options available to people with anxiety-related conditions.
We're running a new study to improve the options available to people with anxiety-related conditions.

People with anxiety problems often delay seeking help for several years. We are trying to learn more about the factors which may encourage or discourage people with anxiety disorders to choose or choose not to seek help with the NHS and/or a mental health charity organisation such as Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK).

For this study we're working with TOP, which offers volunteer-led group treatment sessions based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. The research project, designed to help improve the service provided, has been funded by the Community Matters project - an initiative of the Public Engagement Unit at Bath.

Take part

If you are over 18, live in the UK and have experienced anxiety-related mental health problems you can get involved in this study.

You are equally important to our study whether you have sought help with NHS, TOP, or another mental healthcare provider or have not sought help for your anxiety-related problem.

Anxiety-related problems could include:

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia

What's involved

Taking part in this study requires you to fill in a questionnaire. There are various ways you can do this:

  • We can arrange a time and place for you to meet with one of our researchers and go through the questionnaire.
  • We can send you a freepost envelope and the research documents for you to fill out and then send back to us.
  • We can email you a PDF of the research documents for you to print yourself and fill out, then send back to us.

You also have the option to sign up to take part in an interview about your views on mental healthcare services with one of our researchers. This is described in more detail on the information sheet.

The study is completely voluntary and should you take part, your Consent Form would be separated from your questionnaires to ensure your confidentiality.

Email Becky to take part rkr26@bath.ac.uk

More about the study

Through this study Triumph over Phobia (TOP) are hoping that by understanding the factors which encourage and discourage these people to seek treatment, they can reach out to more people suffering from mental health problems. By taking part in the study, you will be helping us to try and find ways of encouraging those who suffer from anxiety to get help for their problem.

This research is funded by the Community Matters Programme, which involves charitable organisations in Bath and North East Somerset teaming up with researchers at the University of Bath to conduct community-based research. This is organised through the Public Engagement Unit.