A new paper by Dame Til Wykes and other leading figures in mental health research describes the Department of Health and Social Care’s mental health research goals and the process that was taken to codevelop them. The paper is published in the Journal of Mental Health and features commentaries from many different people and organisations, including funders, service users, researchers and charities.
Why do we need this?
Mental health problems are on the rise and the need for innovation in prevention and treatment has never been greater than now. Researchers provide the evidence base, developing the theories, models and interventions that professionals work with, however, we know that research findings can up to 20 years to implement. Goals and targets focus funders and researchers, helping good quality and relevant research to get under way quickly.
Led by the Department of Health & Social Care, four goals for mental health research have been collectively developed by funders, academics, clinicians, and people living with mental health problems.
Read the full article including commentaries on the Journal of Mental Health website.