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Listening to music, playing instruments and singing have all been shown to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia. At the end of its first year the Music in Dementia managed innovation network (MIN) funded by the Institute of Mental Health, is looking to extend its membership and to widen the scope of the group.

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The Institute of Mental Health, in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists is pleased to announce the 2018 Duncan Macmillan Essay Prize for psychiatry trainees in the UK.

We are seeking essay entries up to 1,000 words on:

“The next big thing in psychiatry research”

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded five of the IMH’s professors with Senior Investigator status.

Ellen Skellern painting

The Skellern Lecture is a prestigious annual event which celebrates advances in the field of mental health and mental health nursing. The Institute of Mental Health has been a long-standing supporter of the event, which celebrates the very best practice in mental health nursing.

Clinical teams in the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Early Intervention in Psychosis Services have been praised for their contribution to a highly successful national mental health research study.

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Experts from the Institute of Mental Health's Centre for Dementia have developed a new training course for healthcare professionals to help them communicate more effectively with patients living with dementia.

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Professor Paul Crawford, from the IMH’s Centre for Social Futures, has had his latest programme of work published and promoted in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation.

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This month one of the Clinical Researchers from MindTech, Bethan Davies, smashed her personal best running record and all in aid of Tourettes Action.

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The national Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) for Personality Disorder have published a new prospectus promoting this innovative and ground-breaking education programme for people working in health, social care, criminal justice and other agencies supporting people affected by personality disorder.

Ontario Shores team visit the Institute of Mental Health

The Institute of Mental Health recently hosted two visitors from Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada.

We are looking for three people with lived experience of mental distress to join the advisory board for the IMH's new Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights. 

Kate Hodges receiving her award

A nurse from the NIHR Clinical Research Network - East Midlands, based at the Institute of Mental Health, has had her dedication and hard work recognised with a recent award win.

A new beautifully illustrated graphic novel explores the challenges of providing home care for people with dementia, and brings to life the day-to-day struggles of carers.

Winston’s World is based on research carried out by experts at the Institute of Mental Health looking at dementia home care. It features drawings by award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband and a research-informed narrative by Justine Schneider, Professor of Mental Health and Social Care at the University.

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For the past couple of years, IMH Research Fellow Fiona Marshall, along with numerous groups and individuals, has been working on the Rural Dementia Charter as part of the 2020 Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge. This has led to the production of two documents: the charter for policy makers and an Alzheimer's Society guide to dementia-friendly rural communities. Fiona Marshall is the first author of both documents.

There are 46 million people enslaved around the world today.

The University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab is home to the world's leading contemporary slavery experts and have built the world's first large-scale research platform for ending slavery.

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH), in collaboration with the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, is contributing to delivering a unique programme of therapeutic care for people coming out of enslavement. A culture (and cost) sensitive mental healthcare support package for survivors to address the aftermath of slavery.

There are major changes to data protection legislation across the UK from 25th May 2018 that gives people more control about how their data is used, shared and stored and requires organisations to be more accountable and transparent about how they use it.

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An Institute expert has been working with the world famous Cirque du Soleil providing training and education to their medical staff on nutrition and disordered eating.

The Institute’s Professor Jon Arcelus, professor of mental health and transgender health, teamed up with the circus arts company while the troupe was in residence at London’s Royal Albert Hall from February to March 2018.

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The Institute of Mental Health is very proud to be at the forefront of improving the lives of people with dementia and their families through innovations in care and technology.

Researchers are to investigate whether an innovative new treatment that targets areas of the brain with magnetic pulses could offer hope to the millions of people around the world who suffer from depression.

The study, led by the University of Nottingham and funded with more than £1.8 million from an MRC and NIHR partnership, with support from the recently established Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, will examine the use of theta-burst stimulation (TBS) to find out whether it could help those people with depression for whom other treatments have proved ineffective.

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Specially organised ‘dementia friendly’ swimming sessions can be beneficial to people with dementia and their carers, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute of Mental Health released this week as part of Dementia Action Week 2018.

Hundreds of delegates from across the world attended the international Refocus on Recovery Conference 2017, hosted by the Institute in Nottingham this September. A selection of social media posts made by delegates at the conference can now be seen on Storify.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the lifespan (CANDAL), is holding its annual engagement conference for researchers, clinicians and service users.

The IMH has awarded the 2017 Duncan MacMillan Essay Prize for psychiatry trainees in the UK. The competition sought essay entries on ‘the next big thing in psychiatry research’.

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Traumascapes & Landscapes of the Interior: Can art heal emotional scars?

Our new summer exhibition called ‘Traumascapes & Landscapes of the Interior’ opens on 16 May. Working with Nottingham charity City Arts, the new art exhibition explores people’s experience of trauma.  

National BBC Breakfast News covered a conference at the IMH to promote a better understanding of ADHD.