UK Research and Innovation launches new Mental Health Networks

By - Integrated Care Journal
UK Research and Innovation launches new Mental Health Networks

Eight new Mental Health Networks have been announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions.

The new Networks will embrace a collaborative ethos, bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including health, medicine, biology, social sciences, humanities and environmental sciences. Many of the networks will also include insight from charity workers, health practitioners and people with lived experience of mental health issues.

The new £8m Networks, funded by UKRI and the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy for four years (one for three), will progress mental health research in themes such as the profound health inequalities for people with severe mental ill health, social isolation, youth and student mental health, domestic and sexual violence, and the value of community assets.

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, says: “Mental health problems can strike at any time which can lead to fear and isolation, with one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem every year."

He adds: "These new Mental Health Networks are another step forward in bringing leading public and private organisations together to better understand the causes, develop new treatments and tackle social isolation. ”

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, says: “The UKRI Mental Health Networks will take a new approach to addressing this challenge by bringing together researchers across a wide range of disciplines with people who have experienced mental health issues, charities, health practitioners and other organisations. Through their work, the new Networks will further our understanding about the causes, development and treatments of a wide range of mental health issues. ” 

New Mental Health Networks:

MARCH: Social, Cultural and Community Assets for Mental Health - Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL

Loneliness and social isolation in mental health - Professor Sonia Johnson, UCL

Violence, Abuse and Mental Health: Opportunities for Change - Professor Louise Howard and Dr Sian Oram, King’s College London

Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network - Professor Lisa McDaid, University of Glasgow 

SMARtEN: Student Mental Health Research Network - Dr Nicola Byrom, King’s College London

The Nurture Network: Promoting Young People's Mental Health in a Digital World - Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex

Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health - Professor Cathy Creswell, University of Reading

Improving health and reducing health inequalities for people with severe mental illness: the 'Closing the Gap' Network+ - Professor Simon Gilbody, University of York

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