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


IMPACT Consortium 2023, 'Elevated cognitive rumination and adverse life events are associated with lower cortical surface area and suicidal ideation in adolescents with major depressive disorder', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 325, pp. 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.12.087

Diaconu, B, Kohls, G, Rogers, JC, Pauli, R, Cornwell, H, Bernhard, A, Martinelli, A, Ackermann, K, Fann, N, Fernandez-Rivas, A, Gonzalez-Torres, MA, Gonzalez de Artaza-Lavesa, M, Hervas, A, Stadler, C, Konrad, K, Freitag, CM, Fairchild, G, Rotshtein, P & De Brito, SA 2023, 'Emotion processing in maltreated boys and girls: evidence for latent vulnerability', European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-022-02132-1

Alinajimi, F, Deldar, Z, Dehghani, M & Khatibi, A 2023, 'Emotion regulation mediates the relationship between family caregivers’ pain related beliefs and patients’ coping strategies', Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 17. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2023.983350

Griffiths, SL, Bogatsu, T, Longhi, M, Butler, E, Alexander, B, Bandawar, M, Everard, L, Jones, PB, Fowler, D, Hodgekins, J, Amos, T, Freemantle, N, McCrone, P, Singh, SP, Birchwood, M & Upthegrove, R 2023, 'Five-year illness trajectories across racial groups in the UK following a first episode psychosis', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-023-02428-w

Jordan, G, Ng, F & Thomas, R 2023, 'How clinicians can support posttraumatic growth following psychosis: a perspective piece', The Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2023.7

Morales-Muñoz, I, Mallikarjun, PK, Chandan, JS, Thayakaran, R, Upthegrove, R & Marwaha, S 2023, 'Impact of anxiety and depression across childhood and adolescence on adverse outcomes in young adulthood: a UK birth cohort study', British Journal of Psychiatry , pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.2023.23

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