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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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Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) modules available – apply now!

The Institute of Mental Health is offering NHS staff across the East Midlands, funded university training to develop their learning and skills.

What is available?  Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) University degree-level and post graduate modules in areas such as mindfulness, recovery, dementia and psychosis.

Who can apply?  The training is available to Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in Bands 5 – 8.

When do I apply for modules?  Applications for modules running from April 2015 open on 19 January 2015.

How do I apply?  To apply for modules visit the University of Nottingham website here.

Why apply? This is a great opportunity for individuals to further their skills and enhance their learning. Completing university accredited courses can lead to a BSc (Hons) or post-graduate qualification that would normally be very expensive to the individual or the organisation.

Competition for LBR funded places is high.  It is important that staff start signing up for modules from January 2015 onwards to avoid missing out on this exciting opportunity.

Further information: For further information about LBR courses or other areas of education on offer at the Institute of Mental Health, please contact Suzanne Howard, Academic Programme Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Education Section of the website here.

New Institute Director announced

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Martin Orrell as Director of the Institute of Mental Health.

Professor Orrell is currently Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at University College London. He also works as an Honorary Consultant and Old Age Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at the North East London Foundation Trust.

He will replace Professor Nick Manning who retired as Director of the Institute earlier this year and will start his role on 1 March 2015.

See our news section for more information.

'REALITIES' of mental health portrayed in art

A new art exhibition highlighting the realities of living with a mental illness has been unveiled at The Institute of Mental Health.  The exhibition 'REALITIES', developed by local artist Rachel Oxley, was unveiled at the Institute building at the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus in November.

See our Art at the Institute section for more information.

Peer Support - A Shared Journey

To celebrate World Mental Health Day today on 10 October, the Institute's Peer Support Training Team launched their long awaited tandem-inspired film, highlighting the concept of a shared journey.

To find out more about Peer Support training go to the peer support page. You can view the film below.

MindTech gains national recognition

MindTech, the healthcare technology co-operative, hosted at the Institute of Mental Health, has gained national recognition, appearing in the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2013 Public Mental Health Priorities: Investing in the Evidence Treatment. See our News section for further details.

Publications awards now open

The 2014 Institute of Mental Health annual research publication awards are now open for entries. There are various categories to enter depending on employment of the Trust and whether the individual has published many articles before.

For full details, see our News page.