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One in four people will develop a mental health problem at some point during their lives.  Mental distress can range from mild depression or anxiety to conditions such as bipolar disorder (manic depression) or schizophrenia where individuals may experience psychosis.

The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness.  We are a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham and we are one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, offering leadership and innovation backed by world class expertise.

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Peer support training for people with anxiety

The Institute of Mental Health has been successful in securing funding from Anxiety UK’s ‘Katharine and Harold Fisher Anxiety Research Fund’ to further develop peer support training for people with Anxiety.

This exciting research project started on 1 October and will help to further understand what peer support should look like for people who are unable to attend traditional face to face groups or training because of their anxiety.

To read the full story go to the news page of the website.

New research series launched at the Institute

We are delighted to announce the launch of two new workshop series’, to be delivered at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham from November 2015 to March 2016:

Understanding mental health skills based workshops: A series of seminars, focused on understanding a range of different mental health experiences

Research and evaluation workshop series:A series of ten seminars, taking participants through the process of delivering evaluation and research

The workshops are open to all and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis - book now and don't miss out!

For more information about the workshops click on the titles above, visit the events page of the website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Art exhibition at the Institute: Launching on Friday 16 October 2015

‘Religion and Mental Health’ by Melvyn James - on display from October to December 2015

The Institute of Mental Health is delighted to announce its next art exhibition: ‘Religion and Mental Health’, by local artist, Melvyn James.

The launch event is taking place at the Institute building on Triumph Road on Friday 16 October, from 12.30 – 3.00pm.

The programme for the launch is as follows:

12.30 – 1.00pm Arrival and lunch

1.00 – 1.15pm Official opening

1.15 – 2.15pm Round table discussion about religion and mental health, hosted by Melvyn James and Elvira Perez

2.15 – 3.00pm Networking and viewing of artwork

To book your place, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by Friday 9 October 2015.

‘CRACKED’ - a ground-breaking new play not to be missed

A new play by award-winning playwright Mike Kenny and poet Julie Boden, based on findings from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Programme ENRICH by Professor Swaran Singh from the University of Warwick Medical School.

This is an innovative collaboration between an award-winning theatre director, acclaimed writers and a multidisciplinary team led by a psychiatrist. The play explores the experience of the first stage of psychosis and its early warning signs.

The play opens at Nottingham’s Lakeside Theatre on 30th September 2015 before touring in Birmingham, Derby, Glasgow and Coventry. There will be an opportunity for “Café onversations” after the play when audience members can discuss the issues raised with members of the CRACKED team.

Read more: ‘CRACKED’ - a ground-breaking new play not to be missed

The Institute's People's Choir - 'Singing for everyone'

The aim of the choir is to promote health and wellbeing through the joy of singing. All singers are welcome but the ability to sing is not required!

The choir is fun, helping people to build confidence and find friendship and welcomes adults aged 16 and over. They meet every Thursday afternoon from 1.00 - 2.30pm (during school term-time only) at the Royal Centre, Nottingham  – do come along.

Please view the flyer here for dates and further details.

Professor Mike Slade joins the Institute

Professor Mike Slade has been appointed as Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. The joint appointment between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham will consolidate recovery as a leading aspect of mental health services and research activity in Nottingham.

Mike has pioneered research in recovery. He is currently Professor of Health Services Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London, and is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in South London. His research includes recovery and outcome focused mental health services and service user involvement, which has been highly influential. He has also made a key contribution to research on needs assessments and residential alternatives to inpatient services, and developing measures.

For more information visit the news page of our website.

Interested in developing a clinical academic career?

If the answer is yes, Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have developed a 3-minute long film about developing a clinical academic career. The eye-catching animation describes the opportunities on offer to all professions and is available to view here.

2015 Innovation in Healthcare Awards - Enter now!

The East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards recognise achievements across the region to improve patient outcomes through innovation.

Launched last year by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) they offer health and social care staff at all levels a chance to shine a light on proven innovative services, projects and products that are helping transform services for patients.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 14 August 2015 and the winners will be announced at a celebration event on 5 November.

So, if you work in an organisation involved in healthcare; the awards are your opportunity to showcase your innovation and gain support in its further development. For more information, visit the awards website here or 'read more' below to find out about this year's categories.

Read more: 2015 Innovation in Healthcare Awards - Enter now!

Art exhibition at the Institute

'Dreams: Hurt, Hope & Happiness' is open to the public until 25 September 2015

About the exhibition: We all dream. We have day dreams and night dreams. Sometimes mental illness can feel like a waking nightmare, especially psychosis. Art can help us see through our dreams. Art can show our hurts, our hopes and our happiness. Dreams can express the boundaries between the hidden and the obvious, the conscious and the unconscious, dreams and desires.

This is the seventh open exhibition at the Institute of Mental Health in collaboration with City Arts, Nottingham. It features work, on the subject of mental illness, by professional and emerging artists from across the UK.

The exhibition will be open to the public until 25 September, on weekdays from 10am - 4pm, at the Institute building, Triumph Road, Nottingham.

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