What is the Mindlock Project?

We are currently conducting a set of studies investigating what keeps people at persistent risk for suicidal relapse, and how we can help people to stay well. The study is run by Dr. Bergljot Gjelsvik and Dr. Catherine Crane at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in collaboration with Professor Keith Hawton at the Centre for Suicide Research, both within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

What is the purpose of the Mindlock Project?

The purpose of the Mindlock Project is to enhance our understanding of what keeps people at persistent risk for suicidal relapse, and how we can help people to stay well. Our findings will have the potential to help us develop effective treatment interventions for people struggling with recurrent suicidal depression.

How can I take part?

The Mindlock project is currently recruiting for several experimental and interview studies. You can take part in a brain imaging study or by coming to our centre for an interview study. We recruit people who have a history of depression and/or suicidality and who are currently well, and people with no history of depression or suicidal thoughts. For the interview study we recruit people who have been suicidally depressed in the past and who are currently well.

The Mindlock Brain Imaging Study

Are you between 18-70 years old?

Are you currently well?

Then you may be eligible to take part in one of our studies investigating how our relationship to thoughts affects our wellbeing. We are therefore looking for participants who meet the following three criteria:

  • history of suicidal depression who are currently well
  • fluent in English
  • right-handed

The study consists of two visits: an interview (about 90 minutes), and a brain imaging task (about 2-3 hours). Your time will be reimbursed with £25 plus potential travel expenses.

If you are interested please get in touch with us: mindlock@psych.ox.ac.uk

Mindlock Interview study at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Have you been Depressed and Suicidal in the past?

Are you now feeling better?

In this study, we are interested in understanding how people’s reactions to depressed and suicidal urges can make them STAY better. If you:

  • have been depressed more than three times in the past
  • have been suicidal in the past
  • are between 18-70 years old
  • are fluent in English
  • live within traveling distance of Oxford
  • AND are now feeling better

then you may be eligible to take part. The first interview will take about 1,5 hours to complete and you will be reimbursed for your time. We hope that about  86 people will take part in this study.


Want to check whether you are eligible?

You can self-screen here and we will get back to you

You can also text Oxford mindlock to 81025 or contact the research team on mindlock@psych.ox.ac.uk or phone us on 01865 613 143 to get more information.