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One in four people will develop a mental health problem at some point during their lives.  Mental distress can range from mild depression or anxiety to conditions such as bipolar disorder (manic depression) or schizophrenia where individuals may experience psychosis.

The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness.  We are a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham and we are one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, offering leadership and innovation backed by world class expertise.

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New centre of excellence launched

A new centre of excellence has been launched by the Institute of Mental Health seeking to transform our understanding of dementia.

The Centre for Dementia will focus on dementia as a pathway or a journey, which typically lasts for several years from first onset to end-of-life. All the points along the journey need to be better understood – with great potential for research in many fields.

The Centre for Dementia was formally launched during Dementia Awareness Week on Tuesday 20 May at the Institute of Mental Health on The University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus.

For further details, please visit our News page.

Online peer support training

The Institute of Mental Health is hosting a one-day workshop on Wednesday 3 September helping colleagues explore the opportunities of online peer support. It is facilitated by Dr Neil Coulson from the University of Nottingham, a world expert in online health communities, and the Institute's Mat Rawsthorne. For more information, visit our peer support page.

Mental health peer support training

'Brain training' overcomes tics in Tourette syndrome

Children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) may unconsciously train their brain to more effectively control their tics, a study led by experts at the Institute of Mental Health has confirmed.

The research, published in the British Journal of Neuropsychology, showed that the children with TS who performed the best on the most demanding task were also those who had fewer tics.

Read more: 'Brain training' overcomes tics in Tourette syndrome

Ground-breaking play focusing on dementia carers gets national tour

Arts Council England has awarded Lakeside Arts Centre £186,893 to tour Inside out of Mind nationally to the widest possible audience of health care workers and the public.

Inside out of Mind is rooted in academic research conducted by IMH researchers on dementia care wards in the East Midlands and was commissioned by the Managed Innovation Network — a partnership involving Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and NHS professionals and initiated by Professor Justine Schneider of the Institute of Mental Health at The University of Nottingham. The play premiered at Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham in June 2013 where it was seen by 2,200 people including 1,000 NHS professionals.

Read more: Ground-breaking play focusing on dementia carers gets national tour