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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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Ground-breaking play focusing on dementia carers gets national tour

Arts Council England has awarded Lakeside Arts Centre £186,893 to tour Inside out of Mind nationally to the widest possible audience of health care workers and the public.

Inside out of Mind is rooted in academic research conducted by IMH researchers on dementia care wards in the East Midlands and was commissioned by the Managed Innovation Network — a partnership involving Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and NHS professionals and initiated by Professor Justine Schneider of the Institute of Mental Health at The University of Nottingham. The play premiered at Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham in June 2013 where it was seen by 2,200 people including 1,000 NHS professionals.

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Compassionate Care in the NHS

Our Centre for Social Futures Director Professor Paul Crawford has written an article on compassionate care in the NHS for the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

In his article, Paul argues that whilst discussions around compassion in the NHS continue to focus on nursing, the debate largely ignores its applicability and importance in other sectors of healthcare, including mental health. As Paul writes: "The future of the NHS itself might just hinge on our ability to make compassion and cost-effectiveness go hand in hand".

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Victoria Tischler co-presents BBC feature on war trauma and creativity

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.

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Book now for peer support training

The Institute of Mental Health has produced a new pdfbrochure on peer support skills and training. Find out all about our range of highly acclaimed courses.

Mental health peer support training

Large Europe-wide report on mental health produced by the IMH

A major new report into mental health across Europe has been published by a consortium led by Dr Chiara Samele, an independent researcher working on behalf of the Institute of Mental Health.

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