Global Mental Health project awarded UKRI GCRF Collective Funding

A research project into Mainstreaming Global Mental Health has been awarded funding as part of UKRI’s GCRF Collective Programme.

Mental health conditions are one of the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. It disproportionality affects people in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) where there is often a large mental health workforce gap. Tackling poor mental health is important in its own right, but also benefits sustainable socio-economic development through awareness, treatment and prevention. 

The aim of the UKRI GCRF funded project is to trigger a step-change in how the research community thinks about where, how and by whom poor mental health in LMICs can be impacted. It is an opportunity for researchers to make an impact whilst delivering their core (non-mental health) project aims without overly stretching resources or expertise. The long-term goal is to produce a Global Mental Health Impact Framework with potential for use in all research in developing countries.

Mainstreaming Global Mental Health is a collaborative project across departments at the University of Leeds, University of Bradford, University of Brighton, De Montfort University and Middlesex University. Partner organisations are leaders in the field and provide an expert global perspective: MIND India in Assam, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in Bangalore, and the Center for Public Mental Health at Universitas Gadjah Madha in Indonesia.

Congratulations to Psychology’s Professor Anna Madill (Principal Investigator) and Dr Siobhan Hugh-Jones (Collaborator) on the project. Additional collaborators at Leeds are: Dr Rebecca King (Medicine), Professor Tolib Mirzoev (Medicine), Professor Paul Cooke (Languages, Cultures and Societies) and Professor Jane Plastow (English), with Dr Netalie Shloim (Healthcare) recently joining the team.

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