The work of the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) is divided into three areas of activity.
Supporting mental health research
NCMH is establishing infrastructure in Wales which will better enable researchers to carry out high quality mental health research. Our activities include:
Wales Mental Health Network (WMHN)
The WMHN is working to collect information and samples from thousands of patient volunteers from across Wales to enable research that will help to improve understanding and treatment of mental illness. For more information about the WMHN, and to find out how you can take part in the research, visit Take Part.
Working with the NHS
NCMH is working with NHS mental health services in Wales to raise awareness of mental health research amongst patients and how they can take part in our research.
Building research capacity
NCMH is supporting schemes established by Cardiff University, which train and mentor clinicians and scientists in research methodology.
It is also helping to establish research facilities that support scientists to carry out their research. For example, NCMH is helping to develop Cardiff University’s brain imaging facilities, which are used to study the structure and function of the human brain.
Undertaking mental health research
NCMH is made up of a team of researchers who are carrying out high quality mental health research. Activities include:
Working with others
NCMH is working with other organisations in Wales, the UK and internationally to research mental illness.
- Developing new diagnostic tools
NCMH is researching the development of new tools and techniques that will help to better identify people at risk of mental illness and to diagnose mental illness.
Communicating and engaging
NCMH is communicating and engaging with patients, carers, health professionals and the public to tell them about our research and how they be involved, and to help improve understanding of mental illness.