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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.

New website opens up the world of research

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in research are now just one click away from a library of online resources – thanks to the launch of a new website by the Institute for Mental Health.

The website for clinicians – www.mentalhealthclinicians.org.uk – brings together a vast number of existing information sources across the internet as well as providing specific new content.

The Institute, a partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust, set up the website in response to requests from clinical colleagues who wanted more accessible online information on mental health topics, particularly with regard to running mental health research programmes.

Dr John Milton, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Forensic Research Lead with Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said: “We intended this new website to be a one-stop shop for busy clinicians who don’t have the time to search through the internet for the latest in evidence-based practice. This new site quickly links to authoritative sources as well as encouraging site visitors to join in the conversation with the Institute about spreading good ideas, encouraging innovation and adopting best practice.”

The website was officially launched by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, when she visited the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus recently to officially open the Institute of Mental Health’s new purpose-built £7m building.

Dr Milton added: “We are putting in place an editorial board to oversee content on the site and to ensure that it is kept accurate and up-to-date. The website has only just been launched and so it is very much a piece of work in progress. We therefore would encourage site visitors to help us continually develop and improve the site with their feedback.”

Professor Nick Manning, Director of the Institute of Mental Health, said: “This new site is the latest in a series of innovations coming out of the Institute of Mental Health at Nottingham, which is committed to ‘research excellence for innovation’. Through this facility all mental health clinicians can quickly access the latest ideas and evidence for practice, and the opportunities to get involved in  research, which we know leads to improved healthcare and better outcomes for patients.”