£1 million in funding has been announced for new research to make psychological treatments more effective for more people.
Five new projects will drive forward our understanding of how psychological treatments work – across a range of mental health conditions. They are specifically focused on developing and testing theory-driven interventions to target the development or relapse of mental illness.
The projects include:
- Sussex University - Breaking the link between autism and anxiety
Exploring whether an innovative psychological therapy could reduce the number of people with autism who develop an anxiety disorder.
- University of Oxford – Tackling PTSD in emergency workers
Exploring whether early support for emergency services workers could prevent depression and PTSD.
- University of Glasgow – Preventing repeated suicide attempts
Exploring whether a new US technique could help to reduce the risk of suicide in the UK.
- Warwick Medical School – Treating psychosis using virtual reality
Exploring how we can leverage the power of modern technology such as virtual reality to treat schizophrenia.
- University of Ghent – Disrupting depression through attention training
Exploring new techniques to train attention to stop depression coming back
The projects are being funded through our PsyIMPACT programme, which is now in its second year. Psychological therapies are the treatment of choice for many people with a mental health condition – and are the recommended first course of treatment for a range of conditions. But only 11.3% of UK mental health research is spent on improving these therapies.
MQ’s PsyIMPACT programme is a unique funding stream set up to fill these significant gaps.
Cynthia Joyce, Chief Executive of MQ, commented:
“These pioneering projects will help mental health science to develop a better understanding of how psychological therapies work, improve current interventions, and ultimately save lives. They provide hope that we can reduce the suffering caused by mental illness globally by preventing the relapse of a condition, or of it even developing in the first place”.
Last updated: 24 August 2016