Many years ago I was a student at Exeter University down in Devon. I still receive the regular Alumnae magazine, and last week one of the main articles was all about the Mood Disorder Centre at the University. I was amazed at the amount of research currently taking place.
You can read all about the Centre here.
There are options for people to take part in numerous studies, including, for example, looking at online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for women experiencing post-natal depression; a study about the relationship between exercise and bipolar disorder; and work considering how people view depression.
You can also download a podcast from the Centre's webpages in which Professor Dave Richards talks about depression and the work of the Mood Disorder Centre.
And there is a useful page of resources for those experiencing depression here.