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Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence: Genes and Environment Study (MAGES)

The Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence: Genes and Environment Study (MAGES) aims to improve understanding of how genes and environment can affect mental wellbeing in young people.

To do this, we need to get DNA samples from thousands of young people. We will be visiting schools in Wales to give pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 the opportunity to take part in our research by giving a saliva (spit) sample.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 young people experience problems such as depression or anxiety. Mental health problems can impact young people’s education, relationships and wellbeing.

If you and your child consent to take part, our team will take a saliva sample when they visit your school and deliver a DNA science workshop.

Meet the team at Cardiff University running the Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence: Genes and Environment Study (MAGES).