Pioneers for better
emotional and physical health
through research,
access & compassion

National Institutes for Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Behavioural Change

Nationella instituten för stress, ångest, depression & beteendeförändring

Na h-Institiúidí Náisiúnta um Strus, Imní, Dúlagar ⁊ Athrú Iompraíochta

ಒತ್ತಡ, ಆತಂಕ, ಖಿನ್ನತೆ ಮತ್ತು ವರ್ತನೆಯ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು

Pioneers for better
emotional and
physical health

National Institutes for Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Behavioural Change

Nationella Instituten för Stress, Ångest, Depression & Beteendeförändring

Na h-Institiúidí Náisiúnta um Strus, Imní, Dúlagar 7 Athrú Iompraíochta
ಒತ್ತಡ, ಆತಂಕ, ಖಿನ್ನತೆ ಮತ್ತು ವರ್ತನೆಯ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು

We are currently overhauling and updating our website to reflect our research on testing for the coronavirus and the support we are providing to people affected by COVID-19

Who are we?

NISAD – National Institutes for Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Behavioural Change are seven foundations, associations and research centres working to a common goal.

What sort of people do we help?

We help everyone who has a condition that people “get” – and many with a condition that they “catch”, including new monitoring for epidemic-causing viruses and the antibodies that fight them.

What do we do?

We are experts at behaviour change.
With us, people change what they do and don’t do, so that they are more likely to live longer and live well.

Where can you get help?

You can be anywhere. We’ll get you help!


Because Type 2 diabetes is a disease that can be reversed, with successful behaviour change, NISAD also runs a non-governmental organisation to support and advise people with or concerned about Type 2.

Where on earth…?

We can help anyone, anywhere – COVID-19 compliant, innovative and safe.


We believe that emotional support
is as vital to our wellbeing
as physical healthcare.

Therefore, it has to be available to everyone:
locally, and at a price that is affordable for all.

NISAD works with both emotional and physical health because we believe that the separation of these two aspects is a major hindrance to getting better.

We are Pioneers

We are revolutionising old models of laboratory diagnostics, through curiosity and fresh-thinking.

NISAD-MAP (the Behavioural Endocrinology arm of NISAD) is fighting to address the limitations and drawbacks in current clinical diagnostics.

We know:
Human beings are complex organisms – to get a full understanding of a body’s disease it can be necessary to do multiple tests.

We also know:
This can become very expensive, very rapidly.
Often these methods don’t counter for the varying ways that disease can manifest, meaning it can go undetected.

Through the use of MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry, our head of Biomedical Sciences at NISAD-MAP, Professor Ray Iles, is leading the development of a new technology.

It will make it easier and cheaper to detect intractable human conditions (such as haemoglobinopathies) as well as world-wide pandemic threats from emerging viruses like COVID-19.

We are not going to settle for the status quo: we are pioneering the next advancement, not just in those places where resources are still relatively abundant – but for the benefit of everyone, everywhere.

Our latest research

As we head into the second wave, sensible information and advice with “No hype, No bullshit”

Precautionary practice No 1 – Wash hands regularly: Most transmission of viral infection will be from surface to mouth, by touching your face and...

COVID-19 Test Sensitivity, Specificity, Accuracy, positive predictive value! What does it all mean?

There are a lot of COVID-19 tests which quote figures on sensitivity and accuracy, all very high, and if you read the fine print they will define...

Why the belief that the COVID-19 PCR test is “completely accurate” is false

Having been involved in clinical diagnostic testing my entire scientific career, one thing I can say with certainty (and some irony) is that no...

COVID-19 testing – all you did (and didn’t) want to know

“We have to test for COVID-19!” “Why are the Government not doing more testing!” “If they tested more like they did in Germany, we wouldn’t be in...

ELK.Health: our revolutionary clinics and programmes

We work with stress, anxiety, depression and many conditions where behaviour change can make a difference.   


Alleviating the distress of anxiety so we feel we can cope again.


Alleviating the distress of anxiety so we feel we can cope again.

We are Pioneers

Fighting for better emotional and physical health

Globally. Locally. Affordably.

BFM – Body-Fat Management

Size is not about weight. Throw away the scales! The revolutionary NoWeigh programme.

Story-based Clinical Methodology

Humans have always told stories to pass on learning. With this approach, we can find learning new skills easier.


Depression can rob us of all hope.  Let’s take our lives back.


Feeling too much pressure?  We can learn to skilfully manage our stress.

The story of Erik the elk

Erik is the star of a lot of our stories and animations. Find out about Erik’s own story and ELK.Health.

Health challenges are like buses

…often more than one come along at once.
We look at the whole story.  Why do we study what we study?

Emotional Health

What is emotional health and why is it so important?


Stress in pregnancy is a modern challenge that requires specialist treatment.

The latest research and the work we’re doing

The latest research and the work we’re doing

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What makes us different?

We bring together some of the most exciting research materials on these debilitating conditions

Too much body-fat
Memory-related conditions
Poor sleep
Excess stress
Too much stress during pregnancy
Type 2 diabetes
Unsatisfactory relationships at home and at work

and produce innovative programmes, apps and games backed by the very best clinical support.

We are professional clinicians and scientists passionate about innovation and affordability:

We think outside the box
and create programmes of care
that everyone can access.

We are committed to sponsoring affordable, specialist clinics, always available locally, that provide direct support to people on our programmes.

We won’t stop until everyone on the planet has access to the programmes and the supporting clinics.