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Our partner network

Our goal of transforming mental health, for the millions of people affected worldwide, is an ambitious one.

We're proud to have already worked with some incredible companies and charities. But we know we can't rely on their support alone. Achieving our vision will require the assistance of an ever-growing global commmunity of supporters and partners. 

We're always looking for help so if you share a passion to transform mental health, get in touch

Our founders

We were originally set-up with generous support from the Wellcome Trust and the Institute of Social Psychiatry (ISP).

They boldly helped to launch the organisation, providing seed-funding in 2009 to create 'the Cancer Research UK of mental health'. They have made our initial research possible, and put us on a firm financial footing to begin our mission in earnest. 

Our research partners

We’re committed to partnering with other research organisations, charities and scientific bodies so we can share ideas, maximise resources, and carry out transformative projects.

We’ve already begun setting shared priorities and funding joint research grants. Most recently we established a joint research prize with Arthritis Research UK, Autistica, and the Broad Institute as part of our Fellows Award. And we're proud to be partnering with Swansea University to develop our MQ Adolescent Data Platform for Mental Health Research.

We are a partner member of the FRAYME network, which is working to create effective integrated systems of care and improving youth mental health services and supports.

If you are interested in joining forces to further our understanding of mental health, please get in touch.

Our corporate partners

We’re working with forward-thinking companies to ensure the question of mental health, specifically in the workplace, is answered with the highest quality research the scientific community can offer. We are seeking new value-driven partnerships, and in the past have been lucky enough to work with organisations across a broad spectrum of sectors:

Howard Kennedy supported MQ in 2016/2017 as their chosen charity of the year, then deciding to join forces with us again in 2018 to increase their impact even further. Their staff have worked with us to raise over £30,000, an incredible contribution to research that has the power to transform lives. 

We were thrilled to be selected by The O2 as one of their charity partners in early 2018. It has been a privilege to work with this iconic venue, and their generosity has allowed us to take to the skies through Up at the O2 and drum up awareness through fundraising events. We are continuing to tackle mental illness together into 2019 through events, talks and engaging their international colleagues. 

Innovative law firm Kemp Little have offered us their outstanding support throughout 2018. Their team have tirelessly facilitated our projects, from digital development to podcasts, while taking on sponsored challenges and hosting stigma-busting talks from mental health researchers; all with the aim of raising £10,000 for mental health research.

Our previous partnerships span from advertising powerhouse Kinetic to renowned change consultancy Q5. Thank you to all of our partners for their transformative support.

We create bespoke collaborations, offering unique opportunities to engage with our research. If your company believes in better business, and a new standard of mental health for your staff, then contact us.

Corporate Development Network (CDN)

The CDN is a voluntary advisory board that aims to establish and build MQ’s support base by providing expertise, connections and opportunities for corporate engagement. Our members meet for 90 minutes, four times a year and include senior leaders, spanning the corporate sector. They currently include:

  • Richard Holmes (Chair), Non-Exec Board Member at Ulster Bank
  • Andy Brown, CEO of Engage
  • Stephen Clarke, CEO of WH Smith
  • Joanne Hackett, Chief Commercial Officer of Genomics England
  • David Rees, Managing Partner of Izy Capital
  • Stephen Sly, Partner at DLA Piper
  • Daniel Ball, Director, Wiser
  • John Godfrey, Corporate Affairs Director, Legal & General
  • Daniel Ball, Director, Wiser

If you would be interested in finding out more about the CDN, please contact Victoria Floyd on

Our memberships

Taking on mental health is a big challenge, requiring the best work from the brightest minds. We therefore subscribe to the highest standards in everything we do, from our research to our fundraising. 

We are proud members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and the Fundraising Regulator (FR), adhering to best in class recommendations for responsible and ethical activity across all our work. 

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We are also members of a number of alliances, promoting mental health and research, to help transform lives. This includes the Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, and the Child Outcomes Research Consortium.

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