Any views expressed within media held on this service are those of the contributors, should not be taken as approved or endorsed by the University, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University in respect of any particular issue.

What is Depression Detectives?

Depression Detectives

Depression Detectives was a user-led citizen science project that ran between March and September 2021. It brought together people with lived experience of depression, and researchers who study it, as EQUAL partners. The aim was to get researchers listening to and working with non-scientists and put lived experience at the heart of research.

It was a public engagement activity as part of an MRC funded research project. It’s was collaboration between Edinburgh Neuroscience and public engagement practitioner Sophia Collins and her team.

Volunteers took part in online conversations with researchers studying depression,  to find out what science knows about depression, and how science found that out. They were also a chance for researchers to find out what people with lived experience wanted to know, and what insights we have, from our different perspective.

Members also came up with questions that we wanted science to answer, discussed methods to do that and ran a small piece of research together with researchers.

How did it work?

People took part in Depression Detectives who had experienced depression, or who worked or volunteered with people experiencing depression. The project was organised via private Facebook groups which did not appear on members’ timelines.

If you want to get updates on this project or our future work, please subscribe to our mailing list below:






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Report this page

To report inappropriate content on this page, please use the form below. Upon receiving your report, we will be in touch as per the Take Down Policy of the service.

Please note that personal data collected through this form is used and stored for the purposes of processing this report and communication with you.

If you are unable to report a concern about content via this form please contact the Service Owner.

Please enter an email address you wish to be contacted on. Please describe the unacceptable content in sufficient detail to allow us to locate it, and why you consider it to be unacceptable.
By submitting this report, you accept that it is accurate and that fraudulent or nuisance complaints may result in action by the University.