Wellcome Trust: Mental health - transforming research and treatments

10 January, 2019

The Wellcome Trust announces a major new programme on mental health research.

Read online: https://wellcome.ac.uk/what-we-do/our-work/mental-health-transforming-re...

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Health treatments are most effective when scientists and clinicians have a clear understanding of how they work. This isn’t the case for mental health, where many treatments are no more advanced than they were 30 years ago. We believe a radical new approach is needed to drive science forward and improve people’s lives...

What we want to achieve

Through this priority area we want to help shape a new super-discipline of mental health science, in which scientists and clinicians work with a common purpose, using standardised measures and approaches...

We’ll look particularly at:

- treatments for anxiety and depression, as over 615 million people suffer from these conditions worldwide

- psychological treatments, because we think there’s a real opportunity to innovate to make these treatments more successful, and to gain new understanding of how they work

-early life and early illness, because most common mental conditions start between the ages of 15 and 24, and the longer someone has a condition the harder it is to provide effective help.

What's at stake

- One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

- 75% of people with a mental health problem develop it before the age of 24.

- Mental health problems are predicted to be the main cause of global mortality and morbidity by 2030.

- Only one in five people receives appropriate treatment for depression and anxiety in high-income countries, and one in 27 in low- and middle-income countries.

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Best wishes, Neil

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