Mental Health Over the Life Course

This theme aims to reduce social and health inequalities for people with mental health difficulties, especially in communities with high health needs.

Mental health problems affect people’s social and working life. For example, half of those claiming Employment and Support Allowance report mental health difficulties. We will investigate ways to support jobseekers and people working in NHS and social care organisations who have emotional and wellbeing problems.

People with serious mental illnesses also tend to have shorter life expectancy due partly to discrimination.

We will:

  • build a research infrastructure to fill the damaging gap between physical and mental health services.
  • work to improve identification of children’s and young people’s emotional and wellbeing problems that often continue into adulthood.