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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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Institute establishes annual awards

The Institute of Mental Health has established its own annual research publication awards. The awards – which are made up of four prize categories – will celebrate and promote the work of people within Nottinghamshire Healthcare or at the University of Nottingham working in the fields of mental health or learning disability. Nominations are welcome from all disciplines relevant to these fields. The prize categories are as follows:

  1. Best overall publication
  2. Best publication, when the author has published no more than six previous publications
  3. Best publication flowing from work during doctoral studies or as part of a doctoral dissertation
  4. Best publication by an employee of Nottinghamshire Healthcare who does not have a substantive contract with a university.

Category winners will receive £100 each to be given as a voucher, and winners will be announced during the Institute's Research Day on 12 May 2015.

New centre of excellence launched

A new centre of excellence has been launched by the Institute of Mental Health seeking to transform our understanding of dementia.

The Centre for Dementia will focus on dementia as a pathway or a journey, which typically lasts for several years from first onset to end-of-life. All the points along the journey need to be better understood – with great potential for research in many fields.

The Centre for Dementia was formally launched during Dementia Awareness Week on Tuesday 20 May at the Institute of Mental Health on The University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus.

For further details, please visit our News page.

Online peer support training

The Institute of Mental Health is hosting a one-day workshop on Wednesday 3 September helping colleagues explore the opportunities of online peer support. It is facilitated by Dr Neil Coulson from the University of Nottingham, a world expert in online health communities, and the Institute's Mat Rawsthorne. For more information, visit our peer support page.

Mental health peer support training