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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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2016/17 Seminar Series launches at the Institute

Limited number of funded places for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust employed staff - book now and don't miss out!

Due to the success of our 2015/16 skills based and research and evaluation seminar series', we are delighted to announce the launch of round two, to be delivered at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham from September 2016 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 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.

For more information visit the current events page of the website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A look back and to the future to celebrate 10 Years

To celebrate 10 years of the Institute of Mental Health, we are delighted to share our anniversary film! The film looks at past success and plans for the future and includes highlights from our research and education centres, NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands, CLAHRC East Midlands and more. Enjoy!

Anniversary Celebrations


Celebrating 10 years of mental health research and education - with special guest Rebecca Adlington, OBE, Olympic Gold Medallist.

We marked our 10 Year Anniversary at a celebratory event on Monday 23 May 2016. The event was an opportunity to look back at what has been achieved to date, showcase current success and innovation and look to the future for mental health research and education that improves health and wellbeing.

Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington OBE delivered an inspirational session about her Olympic success, the mindset of an Olympian, how to plan and prepare for key events and milestones and more importantly how to deal with setbacks.

Professor Martin Orrell, Institute Director commented: “This is a key milestone for us and one that we are extremely proud of. Over the past 10 years, we have successfully grown from a modest team of keen researchers to a thriving organisation and the event was a memorable and inspirational day.”

The Institute’s summer art exhibition A Journey: Loneliness, Hope and Resilience, in collaboration with Nottingham based City Arts, launched at the celebration. Over 40 stunning works made by artists from across the UK will be on display at the Institute until September 2016.

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Programme from the day

Anniversary brochure

Rebecca Adlington OBE Biography

10-Year Timeline

CLAHRC East Midlands and the Institute

As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, it is vital to highlight CLAHRC in the success of the Institute of Mental Health. Through the efforts of individuals within the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a joint bid was made for one of the pilot NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Nottinghamshire Derbyshire and Lincolnshire (CLAHRC NDL).

Awarded in 2008, research was being carried out on a scale that had not been previously possible at Nottingham with partners across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. CLAHRC LND provided the first evidence of major success with the establishment of one of only nine of such NIHR applied research and implementation centres.

The success of CLAHRC NDL as a prestigious national research centre was pivotal in the move of IMH from a virtual institution to its first base in the Sir Colin Campbell Building on the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, and then to its current £7 million Institute of Mental Health building.

Find out more about CLAHRC and its achievements.

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 flyer herefor dates and further details.