The Institute for Mental Health (IMH) has been established to maximise the collaborative efforts of academics at the University of Birmingham, and builds on the strong existing partnerships with practice in the NHS; established through Birmingham Health Partners, Forward Thinking Birmingham, and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Through interdisciplinary research the IMH works to improve the outcomes and care for young people with mental health problems. We will do this by working together to understand the causes of poor mental health, prevent mental health problems from developing, and respond to established illness by developing new treatments and services.
Increasing evidence shows that current approaches to preventing or responding to mental health difficulties could be more effective. We need better interventions to improve outcomes for those struggling with their mental health, however it is also vital to develop the structure and design of mental health services in order to deliver effective support for both young people and adults. To do this we need to respond to the wider factors, such as living and working environments, which affect people’s lives and opportunities.
We’re bringing together experts from different disciplines, people with lived experience of distress, and care providers, to help inform our research. We aim to develop, promote and evaluate current innovations in policy, systems and services in order to reduce both the occurrence and the impact of mental health difficulties.
The goal of our research is to maximise people’s chances of regaining a satisfying and productive life following an adverse experience.