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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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Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary


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.