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Spotlight on: Mental health

About mental health research

Around one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year. In fact poor mental health affects more people every year than heart disease and cancer.

Mental health research is a core strategic priority for the MRC. We are one of the leading funders of mental health research in the UK and in the top ten funders globally, spending £24 million in 2016/17 alone.

Our global community of leading scientists is making huge strides in our understanding of mental health, progressing new treatments and ultimately uncovering ways to prevent mental health problems. Find out more about our strategy with examples of world leading research.

MRC blog posts about mental health

Videos about our work

Professor Hugh Perry, Former Chair of the MRC’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Board, discusses the MRC’s strategy for lifelong mental health and wellbeing.

MRC Talks podcast episodes

Clinical psychologist and Senior Lecturer Dr Sandra Bucci has developed a smartphone app to help people with psychosis. She explains how she and her team developed the app.