Welcome to the National Centre for Mental Health website.

The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) in Cardiff is working to find out more about mental illness, with the aim of improving diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by it.

Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender or social background. In the UK it’s estimated that one quarter of us will experience problems with our mental wellbeing at some point in our lives.

Mental illness can take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderAutism, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s disease are all examples of mental illness.

The more we know about mental illness, the greater the opportunity we have to improve prevention and treatment.

Together we can beat mental illness

Mental ill health affect individuals very differently. Because of this, we are looking to recruit thousands of volunteers from all over Wales and across all age groups. Read more about how you can help with our research.

Researching for a better future

The National Centre for Mental Health was established in April 2011 and is Wales’ first Biomedical Research Centre. It brings together world-leading researchers, healthcare professionals, patients and carers to learn more about mental health and illness.

We are supporting and undertaking high quality mental health research into the causes, triggers, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan, from childhood to older age. As well as this, we are working to improve understanding of mental health and the importance of research amongst patients, carers and the public.

Eventually we hope that our research and the knowledge that we have gained will help to inform better diagnosis and treatment for people with mental health problems in Wales and beyond.

NCMH is part of the research infrastructure for Wales funded by NISCHR, Welsh Government. It is hosted by Cardiff University’s Medical Research Centre for Neuropyschiatric Genetics and Genomics and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.