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


Day, E, Manitsa, I, Farley, A & Kelly, J 2023, 'A UK national study of prevalence and correlates of adopting or not adopting a recovery identity among individuals who have overcome a drug or alcohol problem', Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy, vol. 18, no. 1, 68. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-023-00579-2

Kreis, I, Zhang, L, Mittner, M, Syla, L, Lamm, C & Pfuhl, G 2023, 'Aberrant uncertainty processing is linked to psychotic-like experiences, autistic traits, and is reflected in pupil dilation during probabilistic learning', Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 905-919. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13415-023-01088-2

Tselengidis, A, Adams, S, Freeman, B, Alam, SM, Astuti, PAS & Cranwell, J 2023, 'Achieving a tobacco-free Bangladesh by 2040: a qualitative analysis of the tobacco advertising environment and prohibitions in Bangladesh', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 5, e069620. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069620

Pauli, R, Brazil, IA, Kohls, G, Klein-Flügge, MC, Rogers, JC, Dikeos, D, Dochnal, R, Fairchild, G, Fernández-Rivas, A, Herpertz-Dahlmann, B, Hervas, A, Konrad, K, Popma, A, Stadler, C, Freitag, CM, De Brito, SA & Lockwood, PL 2023, 'Action initiation and punishment learning differ from childhood to adolescence while reward learning remains stable', Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1, 5689. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-41124-w

Donoghue, K, Boniface, S, Brobbin, E, Byford, S, Coleman, R, Coulton, S, Day, E, Dhital, R, Farid, A, Hermann, L, Jordan, A, Kimergård, A, Koutsou, ML, Lingford-Hughes, A, Marsden, J, Neale, J, O'Neill, A, Phillips, T, Shearer, J, Sinclair, J, Smith, J, Strang, J, Weinman, J, Whittlesea, C, Widyaratna, K & Drummond, C 2023, 'Adjunctive Medication Management and Contingency Management to enhance adherence to acamprosate for alcohol dependence: the ADAM trial RCT', Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), vol. 27, no. 22, pp. 1-88. https://doi.org/10.3310/DQKL6124


Jauhar, S, Arnone, D, Baldwin, DS, Bloomfield, M, Browning, M, Cleare, AJ, Corlett, P, Deakin, JFW, Erritzoe, D, Fu, C, Fusar-Poli, P, Goodwin, GM, Hayes, J, Howard, R, Howes, OD, Juruena, MF, Lam, RW, Lawrie, SM, McAllister-Williams, H, Marwaha, S, Matuskey, D, McCutcheon, RA, Nutt, DJ, Pariante, C, Pillinger, T, Radhakrishnan, R, Rucker, J, Selvaraj, S, Stokes, P, Upthegrove, R, Yalin, N, Yatham, L, Young, AH, Zahn, R & Cowen, PJ 2023, 'A leaky umbrella has little value: evidence clearly indicates the serotonin system is implicated in depression', Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 3149-3152. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-023-02095-y

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