• Question: why did you want to study mental health?

    Asked by caixlintombs to Matthew on 10 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by thiru1.
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      Matthew Bareford answered on 10 Jun 2019:

      I wanted to study mental health as it is something which has affected my family in the form of Depression and also Autism (although autism isn’t a mental health condition, it quite often resides within that field for research purposes as there are many conditions associated with it that are).

      I personally find the human brain fascinating, having worked in hospital laboratories for over 10 years previously, I was in contact with patients more and more when working at the clinics as part of my role. During that time I could see how mental health played a huge part in some ones physical health as well as motivation and so as I developed this insight and became more and more interested in this aspect, I decided to move across to research in order to study mental health further.