About the Institute for Mental Health

No other health condition matches mental illness in the combined extent of prevalence, persistence and breadth of impact. 

Approximately 75% of lifelong mental health disorders begin before the age of 24. With mental health disorders in young people and adolescents increasing, the focus of the Institute for Mental Health will be to improve the care of young people with mental health problems and to improve the services available to them.

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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.  

Research Outputs


Cumming, J, Clarke, FJ, Holland, MJG, Parry, BJ, Quinton, ML & Cooley, SJ 2022, 'A Feasibility Study of the My Strengths Training for Life™ (MST4Life™) Program for Young People Experiencing Homelessness', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 6, 3320. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063320

Shields, GE, Buck, D, Varese, F, Yung, AR, Thompson, A, Husain, N, Broome, MR, Upthegrove, R, Byrne, R & Davies, LM 2022, 'A review of economic evaluations of health care for people at risk of psychosis and for first-episode psychosis', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 22, no. 1, 126. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-022-03769-7

Tidmarsh, G, Whiting, R, Thompson, JL & Cumming, J 2022, 'Assessing the fidelity of delivery style of a mental skills training programme for young people experiencing homelessness', Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 94, 102150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2022.102150

the PRONIA consortium 2022, 'Clinical, brain, and multilevel clustering in early psychosis and affective stages', JAMA psychiatry, vol. 79, no. 7, pp. 677-689. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2022.1163

Watson, AJ, Giordano, A, Suckling, J, Barnes, TRE, Husain, N, Jones, PB, Krynicki, CR, Lawrie, SM, Lewis, S, Nikkheslat, N, Pariante, CM, Upthegrove, R, Deakin, B, Dazzan, P & Joyce, EM 2022, 'Cognitive function in early-phase schizophrenia-spectrum disorder: IQ subtypes, brain volume and immune markers', Psychological Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291721004815

Review article

Scott, J, Etain, B, Miklowitz, D, Crouse, JJ, Carpenter, J, Marwaha, S, Smith, D, Merikangas, K & Hickie, I 2022, 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of sleep and circadian rhythms disturbances in individuals at high-risk of developing or with early onset of bipolar disorders', Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, vol. 135, 104585. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104585

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