Introducing Mental Health Research Matters

Mental health research matters. We’re starting an online conversation this autumn so we can share why it’s so important.

We’re encouraging people to talk more openly about what good mental health research looks like and how we can all play a part in improving our understanding of mental health

The challenge

Although we have come a long way, there is still so much we don’t know about mental health. And that’s why mental health research matters.

Research is part of the solution. It can: 

  • Shine a light on what helps and what doesn’t
  • When budgets are tight, good-quality research can inform changes to services so they can that can better help people with mental health problems

 We don’t have all the answers yet so we need more and better mental health research so people can live happier and mentally healthy lives.

That’s why from World Mental Health Day on 10th October we’re launching Mental Health Research Matters.

You’ll find us on the hashtag #MentalHealthResearchMatters, with content shared from the Mental Elf and The McPin Foundation social media channels.

Networks for change

The eight UKRI-funded mental health research networks were formed in 2018 to address some of the most pressing mental health challenges that we face today. From tackling loneliness, the mental health impacts of violence and abuse, children and young people’s mental health, to student mental health and the life expectancy gap for people with severe mental illness, these networks have researched a vast number of crucial topics within mental health research. Find out about the UKRI-funded mental health networks here.

We’re going to celebrate the legacy of the UKRI mental health research networks. They have created an abundance of useful resources and tools for mental health researchers, and for people with lived experience of mental health problems. We’re also going to put on a number of digital events, share personal stories and create tools for mental health researchers to create good-quality research.

What better mental health research looks like – core campaign themes

Centring Lived Experience in Research

Mental health research is only useful if it works for the populations it is trying to help. By listening, collaborating and conducting research alongside people with relevant lived experience, mental health research will be more impactful and effective.

Inclusive, Anti-Racist Research

Researchers should listen to and work alongside people from marginalised groups and embed inclusive and anti-racist practices into their research. We all have a part to play in tackling inequalities and mental health research is no exception.

Multidisciplinary Research

Mental health is complex and influenced by so many factors. It’s only by people coming together from multiple disciplines that we’ll find the answers we need for people to live happier and mentally healthy lives. From statisticians to historians, social workers to scientists – we can all make a difference.

Working in Partnership

By working in partnership with people outside academia we can turn research into action. Whether this is linking with policymakers, charities or communications professionals, we can have the greatest impact by working together.

Have you got a great idea for content fitting these core themes? Get in touch with Let’s collaborate!

Key campaign dates

We will launch on the 10th of October – World Mental Health Day. We will kick off with a webinar on inequalities and mental health. The campaign will end during the final week of November, but the conversation doesn’t stop there. Make sure to keep sharing with your colleagues and engaging with places that do mental health research well

Get involved!

There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with the campaign. So whether you want to tell us why mental health research matters to you, attend online events or join tweet chats there are lots of opportunities to get involved. This is very much a conversation, not a broadcast! More on that soon…

Follow the hashtag #MentalHealthResearchMatters, The McPin Foundation and Mental Elf for the latest updates.