The NIHR ARC Wessex has been awarded funding to boost mental health research. The newly established NIHR ARC Wessex Mental Health Research Hub seeks to bring together researchers from different disciplines and partners across the region to plan and conduct research. It will also encourage and support new research talent through mentorship, internships, a summer school, and new post-doctoral positions. For more details see Wessex Mental Health Research Hub gets £750,000 to boost research into mental health | NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Wessex
The Mental Health Research hub is seeking academics from BU to join teams as co-applicants, collaborators of steering group members.
To build capacity, the following projects have been developed in the approved theme areas:
Ageing (excluding dementia) – promotion of healthy ageing by implementing and evaluating strategies to address alcohol disorders, loneliness and isolation.
Healthy Communities – developing, implementing and evaluating strategies to identify young people at risk of mental health conditions, promote early intervention and care transitions and bolster resilience.
Long-term conditions – enhancing evidence-based support for those with long term mental health disorders such as treatment resistant anxiety and depression, approaches to mobilising community systems of support and fostering resilience, include social prescribing.
Workforce and Health systems – develop and test evidence-based interventions matched to staff need and the organisational and professional context, to promote mental health, wellbeing and resilience in workforce providing care and treatment to people with mental health problems.
If you are interested in getting involved in one of these projects to boost your own research and develop collaborative opportunities for new research in mental health, please contact me ASAP and will connect you up!