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Our highlights from 2016

2016 has been a big year for us at MQ – funding a host of exciting new projects, putting mental health research on the national agenda, and laying out our ambitious new plans to take on mental illness in young people. None of this would have been possible without our incredible supporters – helping us to show why research really matters.

Understanding the priorities for depression research

We kicked off 2016 by publishing the top-10 ‘unanswered questions’ for depression research– as chosen by people affected by the condition. Number 1 on the list was the need to find answers into how we can prevent depression or its recurrence.

Now we’re focused on making sure the results influence the direction of future research – and we’ve already heard of researchers using these priorities as inspiration for funding bids.

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Funding transformative new research 

We announced nine transformative new research projects this year – continuing our drive to improve psychological treatments, and exploring answers to some of the biggest challenges in mental health through four more talented MQ Fellows.

We also opened applications for our new Data Science award – with the aim of expanding knowledge in this all-important field. Look out for announcements next year!

Bringing together world experts

At our 2nd Annual Science meeting, leading experts from across the world of mental health research shared ideas and explored cutting-edge new ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness.

Check out the line-up for next year’s Mental Health Science Meeting.

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Getting ahead of mental illness…

236 miles run. £32,000 raised. And 9 pairs of very sore legs. And that was just our amazing team of London Marathon runners.

All year, our wonderful supporters have all been pushing their endurance levels to the max to help us get ahead of mental illness. Our incredible team of runners, cyclists, and more, have been raising vital funds for life-changing research. Here’s to making 2017 the best year yet for mental health!

Want to join Team MQ next year? Just click here.

Putting young people’s mental health research on the agenda

Throughout 2016, we’ve been working with researchers, policy-makers and politicians to kick-start discussions on young people’s mental health research.

We’ve brought together experts, including young people themselves, to discuss opportunities and agree priorities. And with over 20,000 people signing up to support us, we called on the Government to lead from the front on the issue. 

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Building Brighter Futures

This year we launched our own major new research programme – Brighter Futures – to transform the future for young people with mental health conditions.  We’re investing in a world-leading programme of research, bringing together scientists, clinicians, people with experience of mental health problems and partner organisations to address the most pressing challenges in young people’s mental health.  

Swearing to take on mental illness in young people 

To make sure our programme has the biggest possible impact on young people’s lives, we’re building a movement to get our work noticed and funded.  

And this year we launched our major new campaign We Swear – setting out our commitment to taking on mental illness in young people through research. Hundreds of scientists and supporters have already joined us in swearing to take on mental illness.

In January, we’re going out to the public on an even bigger, and definitely bolder, scale. And we hope you’ll join us…

Last updated: 28 April 2017

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