Lifestyle medicine for depression study

Are you affected by depression? Could a combination of lifestyle interventions improve depressive mood?

Individual lifestyle components such as exercise, nutrition and sleep can help depressive mood, however the benefits of a combination of these elements into a program has not previously been determined. Researchers at NICM Health Research Institute are currently seeking expressions of interest from people diagnosed with depression for a randomised controlled trial of lifestyle medicine for managing depression to be conducted in 2020.

Who can join?

  • Men and women aged over 18 years, who:
    • 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).
    • Have regular internet access and a smartphone.
    • Are able to read and understand English.

What's involved?

Participants will be asked to:

  • Read the participant information sheet and provide consent.
  • Complete a short online survey composed of 23 questions, multiple choice, scales and short answers.

Participants can complete the online survey on a mobile or computer and it is estimated to take 5 minutes.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • You will inform the design of an intervention to help people experiencing depression and, in particular, identify lifestyle medicine options to complement widely-used strategies such as pharmaceuticals and psychology.

For more details about this study please read the following information before deciding whether to participate or not.

Interested in participating in this study?

To register your interest in participating in the upcoming trial please provide an email address via the link below:

For more information please contact:

Fiona Hargraves
NICM Researcher and Phd candidate


Human Research Ethics Committee Approval: This clinical trial has been approved by Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number: H13352).

This study is supported by NICM Health Research Institute and Blackmores Institute scholarship and project bursary.

Principal Investigator: Professor Jerome Sarris, NICM Health Research Institute