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.
Dr Victoria Tischler, arts co-ordinator at the IMH, has co-presented a BBC feature on the link between the trauma of World War One and creativity. The series of six short films also feature Baroness Shirley Williams, politician and academic.
The Science Media Centre - an independent 'press office for science' - issues frequent research roundups to put new scientific, medical and health research into context. The SMC's roundups help busy journalists critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of new research.
Professor Tom Dening, Director of the IMH Centre for Dementia, was one of six experts who recently provided the SMC with a response to a paper on diet, diabetes and dementia which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The story has already been picked up by The Guardian. Professor Dening's response follows:
This year's AGM of the Scottish Branch of the British Psychological Society took place on 14th February at Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh.
IMH Professor Mary McMurran presented on Enhancing Treatment Engagement and Completion for people with personality disorders. Professor McMurran's research has found a wide variation in completion rates for different services – some services have non-completion rates of up to 80% whereas others are as low as 15%.
Each year, Nottinghamshire Healthcare recognises and rewards the hard work and achievements of their staff. To do this, the Trust came up with their own annual awards programme, the Outstanding Service Contribution And Recognition Scheme - or OSCARS, for short. This year the IMH has nominees in two of the nine award categories.
Academics from the IMH's Dementia Centre are to participate in a prestigious Arts Council-Baring Foundation funded project. The ambitious, multi-partner project will stimulate arts organisations across Nottingham to use high quality arts programmes to enrich the lives of older people in care, change perceptions about care homes and explore how they might fit better into the community.
The Institute of Mental Health has produced a new brochure on peer support skills and training. Find out all about our range of highly acclaimed courses.
Concern is growing over the number of young people taking their own lives as well as an unprecedented increase in cases of self-harm. In the hope of finding ways to tackle the problem, professionals who encounter suicide and suicidality in children and young people, staged a conference at The University of Nottingham on January 24, organised by the School of Education, in conjunction with the Institute of Mental Health and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.