The Academy has held undertaken a number of activities to support research and policy to help address the huge unmet health need of mental health.Status: Ongoing
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Mental and neurological disorders are responsible for 13% of the global burden of disease, and unipolar depressive disorder is projected to become the second leading cause of health burden by 2030.
The Academy of Medical Sciences is committed to tackling this important issue. Below are some examples of our work that specifically address mental health. Many other projects also consider mental health along with other health conditions such as our policy reports on Improving the health of the public by 2040 (2016) and Multimorbidity: a priority for global health research (2018).
Wherever possible, we work with a wide range of people, including those with experience of mental health issues to develop our work, such as in our project on the research priorities around the effects of COVID-19 on mental health and the brain (2020) and our response to the Government’s call for evidence to inform their 10-year mental health and wellbeing plan (2022).
We also host the Mental Health Research Goals, which were collectively developed by funders of mental health research, academics and clinicians, and people living with mental health problems.
Response to the DHSC consultation on the Government's mental health and wellbeing plan (2022)
Tackling the impact of COVID-19 on mental health (2020)
Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: a call for action for mental health science (2020)
Strengthening academic psychiatry (2012)
Progress and priorities for mental health sciences research since COVID-19 (2021)
Coordinating the collection of high-quality data on mental, cognitive and neurological health impacts of COVID-19 (2020)
Remote and digital mental health interventions (2020)
Social determinants of global mental health (2019)
The developing brain in health and disease (2019)
Challenges and priorities for global mental health research in low- and middle-income countries (2018)
Mental health and addiction (2018)
The mind-body interface (2017)
Personalised psychiatry (2017)
Academy endorsed FEAM statement on mental health policy issues (2010)
Global mental health (2008)
We fund many early career researchers across medical and social science disciplines working to bring together science for better understanding of mental health and its promotion.
Using ‘big data’ and social media to benefit mental health, Dr Rina Dutta
Severe mental illness and premature death: Research spotlight, Dr Jayati Das-Munshi
Modafinil benefits for depression, Dr Muzaffer Kaser
What is the link between joint hypermobility and anxiety? Dr Jessica Eccles
Dealing with clinical depression, Professor Ann-Louise Kinmonth FMedSci
Dealing with addiction, Professor Derek Mann FMedSci
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