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...
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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