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.

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

Current Projects

  • MH01: Implementing an Effective Sustainable Demand Capacity Model of Care for CAMHS
  • MH02: Psychosis Immune Mechanism Stratified Medicine Study
  • MH03: Mindfulness-based interventions for mental health promotion:  an individual participant data meta-analysis to assess comparative effects and predictors of differential response
  • MH04: Theoretical and practical development of a prototype school based Mental Health Screening Programme to be delivered in primary schools
  • MH05: Towards Early Identification oF Childhood Mental Health Problems 
  • MH06: Tailoring Evidence-based psychological therapies in wellbeing services
  • MH07: Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of exercise in adolescents with depression: a multi-site randomised controlled trial
  • MH08: Study of antibodies in autoimmune positive antipsychotics
  • MH09: Implementing parent-led CBT within CFYP MH Services
  • MH10: Improving implementation and knowledge mobilisation of clinicians within CFYP MH services
  • MH11: Young People’s experience using ambulance service in a mental health crisis
  • MH12: Research training for Frontline Staff
  • MH13: The At-Risk Study for Elementary School Educators (Feasibility Study)
  • MH14: Enhancement of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) of ARTEMIS-A 
  • MH15: Evaluation of CAMHS Transformation
  • MH16: Brief Education Supported Treatment (BEST) for Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder
  • MH17: Development of Computerised Adaptive Testing methodology to identify mental health problems in jobseekers
  • MH18: NHS CHECK: Health & Experiences of staff working at NHS Trusts
  • MH19: Evaluation of the NHS England Peterborough Exemplar implementation
  • MH20: Informing VALues-based practice in persistent Depression: The i-VALiD project
  • MH21: What is the impact of providing end-of-life care during Covid-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of health and social care staff, and what supports might help? A systematic review and narrative synthesis
  • MH22: Best practice in suicide prevention and postvention guidance for employers during Covd-19 and beyond
  • MH23: The early impact of COVID-19 on mental health and community physical health services and their patients’ mortality in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • MH24: Risk factors for excess deaths in patients without confirmed COVID-19 during lockdown: A retrospective cohort study
  • MH25: Factors influencing student nurses’ decisions about entering the workforce (or not) during a pandemic, and student nurses’ experiences of working and/or studying during a pandemic: a qualitative systematic review
  • MH26: The medium-term impact of COVID-19 lockdown on referrals to secondary care mental health services: a controlled interrupted time series study
  • MH27: Simulating a community mental health service during the COVID-19 pandemic: effects of clinician–clinician encounters, clinician–patient–family encounters, symptom-triggered protective behaviour, and household clustering.
  • MH28: University of Cambridge study of public opinion on sharing data from UK health services for clinical and research purposes
  • MH29: Survey of CAMHS clinicians about their experience of remote working: a brief report
  • MH30: A mindfulness-based approach for adolescent non-responders to first-line treatments of depression and their carers: establishing feasibility of implementation and delivery 
  • MH31: Working together to prevent suicide in the ambulance sector: implementation tool
  • MH36: Evaluation of Cambridge and Peterborough pilot of a system wide enhanced occupational health and wellbeing offer to primary care