Mental health

It is estimated that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, with a related annual cost to society of close to £110 billion.

The University intends to increase research into the impact of mental health on the people affected, on society and on the public purse. Some initiatives already underway include:

  • Addressing the treatment gap and examining the role of mental health promotion and illness prevention by establishing a Birmingham Policy Commission
  • Examining the economic cost of poor mental health to the West Midlands
  • Setting up research that allows participants and service users to become engaged in - and contribute to - the University's work

We will explore five research themes:

  1. Prevention and promotion
  2. Understanding the impacts of transitions on mental health
  3. Transforming the mental health system, exploring new models of care
  4. Family-based interventions
  5. Engaging those who have experienced mental health problems to assist in designing and producing the Institute, its research and policy work

This will be achieved by working closely with Forward Thinking Birmingham, an organisation committed to exceeding all expectations of what mental health services can achieve for children, young people and young adults in Birmingham.

How you can help

By supporting our research into mental health, you will enable us to invest in the highest calibre of researchers and research support staff, and to launch user engagement initiatives. Email, or make a donation today at