The AMMEND study

This study is a randomised control trial assessing the effect of a Mediterranean diet on the symptoms of depression in young men.

Clinical trial for depression

The AMMEND research project aims to explore the effect a Mediterranean diet or social support on the symptoms of depression in young men with depression (ages 18-25).

​AMMEND is a 3 month randomised control trial where participants will be randomly allocated to either follow a Mediterranean diet or receive social support for a 3 month period.

The research project is a 12-week study where participants are randomly allocated to either follow a Mediterranean diet or receive social support. UTS are going to be looking at the effect these interventions have on depressive symptoms. The Mediterranean Diet is an experimental treatment. This means that it is not an approved treatment for depression in Australia. This research has been funded by Endeavour College of Natural Health.

For more information, please see the Participant Information Sheet/Consent Form.

Interested in particpating? You can register your interest here.

​Ethics approval granted by UTS. HREC REF NO. ETH19-4413.

​Please note: Due to COVID-19 this trial will be conducted online via Zoom. You can take part from the comfort of your own home.


Who can participate?

If you are between the ages of 18-25, male and have previously been diagnosed with depression by a medical practitioner such as your GP or psychologist, you are eligible to participate.

Do I have to take part in this research study?

Participation in this study is voluntary. It is completely up to you whether or not you decide to take part. If you decide to participate, you will be invited to read the Participant Information Sheet/Consent Form carefully and then register your interest on the homepage. You will them be contacted by the lead researcher to undergo a screening process.

What is the screening process?

The screening process is a short phone conversation with the lead researcher where they will determine if you are eligible to participate. You will be asked questions about your mental health, current diet and availability. They will inform you at the end of the phone call if you are eligible to participate.

How long does the trial last for?

The trial runs for 3 months. You will be required to continue with your current medications or counselling for the duration of the trial.

Do I get to choose which group I am in?

No, you will be randomly assigned to either the diet group of the social support group. By agreeing to participant you understand that you could be allocated to either group.

Are there any risks involved?

Yes, there are some slight risks/inconvenience. They include possible distress from completing the depression rating scale from reflecting on your depressive symptoms. You may also feel slightly uncomfortable while answering sensitive questions about your health or from having your physical measurements taken. For those who are allocated to the diet group you may experience some mild gastrointestinal symptom such as bloating when first transitioning to a new diet. This should only be temporary and you will be guided by a qualified nutritionist to support you if this does occur. Possible inconveniences during this study include making dietary changes/learning to cook new foods if you are allocated to the diet group.

Are my answers kept confidential?

Yes, this is an anonymous trial and all answers are kept confidential. Only the research team will have access to the data collected.

What do you plan on doing with the results of this study?

We plan to publish the results in a peer-reviewed academic journal. In any publication, information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified.

Jessica Bayes
BHS (Nut Med) (Honours) PhD (Candidate)
Nutritionist and Lead Researcher for the AMMNED Study