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:

  • Improve the detection and early intervention for children and young people​ with emotional and wellbeing problems (EWBP)

MH37 Calibration and utility of ARTEMIS-A

MHO1 i-THRIVE evaluation

MH04 Delphi Study

MH05 Timely

MH09 Implementing parent-led CBT within CFYP MH Services

MH10 Improving implementation and knowledge mobilisation of clinicians within CFYP MH Services

MH29COV Survey of CAMHS clinicians about their experience of remote consultation

MH41 WoW

MH44 Access to MH services and support for children and adults with neurodiversity

MH45 Helping Little Minds Thrive

  • Support mental health of unemployed/job seekers and health and social care workforce​

MH31 Working Together to prevent suicide in the ambulance sector


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Theme Projects

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Mental Health Infrastructure funding to support Applied Mental Health and Care Research (2021-2024)

Develop and leverage capability and capacity in disciplines beyond the conventional mental health sciences, bridging organisational gaps between primary-, secondary- and social care, physical and mental health, and NHS and non-NHS settings. We are building capacity in mental health research by supporting doctoral candidates, ARC Mental Health Fellows, early career researchers, and undergraduates through summer research internships.

We have three objectives, addressed by a range of new and ongoing projects across our Theme:

  • Focus on communities underserved by research – coastal​


  • Reduce mortality gap through a focus on premature mortality including death by suicide​

MH16 Brief Educational Supported Treatment for Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder

MH22COV Best Practice in Suicide Prevention and Postvention guidance for employers during Covid 19 and beyond

MH31 Working Together to prevent suicide in the ambulance sector


  • Reduce treatment gap through improved access equality and effectiveness of interventions​

MH40 Using Understanding Society to examine Mental Health Inequalities in the East of England

MH43 Exploring the use of HCD methods to improve the digital transformation of frontline MH services in the East of England

Mental Health Implementation Network

The Mental Health Implementation Network (MHIN) aims to drive national collaborations and changes in mental health practice and is funded by the NIHR for three years from October 2020. The Network is a collaboration of service users, local communities, health and care providers, commissioners and a range of regional and national stakeholders, including charities and local government. Our NIHR ARC East of England is working closely with the lead - NIHR ARC South London, as well as the other 13 ARCs nationally.

More information about the MHIN can be found here

ARC EoE is hosting a MHIN-funded project that is implementing a parent-led cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety in primary school children in Norfolk and Waveney, more information about the Working on Worries project here.

Mental Health Over the Life Course Fellows

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