Research theme: Mental health
Mental health is a critical issue that affects over 30% of the population annually. Many of us will face inequalities in treatment and access to the right care at the right time. At NIHR ARC North Thames, we carry out research to tackle the underlying causes of these inequalities and develop more effective methods of prevention and management of mental health.
We are addressing the root causes of health and care inequalities in society and organisations, examining the impact of factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, and place on individuals' access to and experiences with mental health services.
Our research employs a variety of methods, including observational, experimental, qualitative, and informatics studies, to uncover the mechanisms that contribute to inequalities in care provision and experiences, and to evaluate mental health interventions aimed at improving service quality, equity, patient experience, and outcomes.
By continually responding to local and national priorities in mental health, our research prioritises interventions that address community needs, identifying appropriate economic models for a diversity of organisations and geographical locations, and working to secure further funding grants for national programme evaluations.