High quality research is vital to improving our understanding of illness and health and generating new knowledge, which can lead to better ways of preventing and treating illness.
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. Autism, 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. The vision of the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) is to improve our understanding of mental health and illness and improve diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by mental illness. We will do this by undertaking high quality research and by providing high quality information to patients, carers, services and the public.
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