Posted on 11 September 2018
The University of York has secured £1.2m funding to form one of eight new Mental Health Networks, supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which will bring together researchers, charities and other organisations to address important mental health research questions.
The York-led 'Closing the Gap' Network will address the 'mortality gap' between the general population and people with severe forms of mental ill health, who experience profound health inequalities.
Professor Simon Gilbody will lead the network, which includes researchers from the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group, the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), the departments of Environment and Geography, Health Sciences, and Theatre, Film and Television.
Professor Rowena Jacobs from CHE will lead one of the themes on 'big data' which will seek to explore the potential of the large amounts of information that are recorded on how people with serious mental illness use health services, how we can support a more proactive and preventative approach, and how we can harness the natural environment to improve their health.