Institute for Mental Health


The Institute for Mental Health 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.

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Latest news

07 July 2021

Funding success for Institute for Mental Health

The Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham has been awarded £1.5M from the Wolfson Foundation to fund a research centre focused on supporting youth mental health.

10 February 2021

Recognition for PhD student Joseph Houlders

PhD student Joseph Houlders has received an Honourable Mention for the prestigious Jaspers Award issued by the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry.

09 February 2021

Fellowship Success for Dr Maria Michail

Dr Maria Michail, lead of the suicide and self-harm research group at the Institute for Mental Health has been awarded a three-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Global Fellowship.

14 January 2021

Award success for Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Brain Health and Institute for Mental Health, has recently been named recipient of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship.

16 November 2020

Death and the 'Spanish Lady': Suicide in Pandemic Times

In 1918-19, the 'Spanish Flu', (or Spanish Lady'), is estimated to have killed over 50M people. What is less well-known is that many others succumbed to its effects on mental wellbeing and died by suicide as a result.

13 February 2020

Finding solutions for treatment-resistant depression

Professor Steven Marwaha, responds to recent NICE guidelines which do not recommend Esketamine for patients with treatment-resistant depression, arguing this will have a serious impact on those with the condition.

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