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World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017 

Professor Simon Gilbody chairs public lecture on World Mental Health day - Read more and book your place

Prisoners recovering from addiction encounter 'cliff edge' with little support on release - 5 October 2017

A new report warns that drug recovery work in prison is largely futile unless suitable accommodation and support are available to prisoners after release. Read more.

Obesity research quantifying the lifetime costs of overweight and obesity by socioeconomic status is picked for Editors' Choice article in Obesity Journal - 28 August 2017

 A research paper jointly led by Dr Shehzad Ali of University of York with Dr Diana Sonntag of Heidelberg University (Germany) found that obese individuals in poor socioeconomic group incur two times more healthcare costs over their lifetime than obese individuals in high socioeconomic group. Read more

Innovative treatment for depression in older people is effective - 23 February 2017

An innovative psychological treatment can help older people who are suffering from lower-severity depression, say researchers in the Department of Health Sciences. It can also prevent more severe depression from developing. Read more.

Loneliness in later life - 18 October 2016

Simon Gilbody and Nicole Valtorta have contributed an article to Innovage Magazine which promotes excellence in health and eldercare. The article on "Loneliness in later life: opportunities and challenges for intervention" looks at what can be done to alleviate loneliness and isolation on older individuals".  Read more.

Research paper of the year award for Peter Coventry - 4 October 2016

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has named a research study led by Dr Peter Coventry (Mental Health and Addiction Research Group) Research Paper of the Year in the neurology, mental health and dementia category. Read more.

Health Foundation 'Scaling Up' launch - 1 July 2016

Simon Gilbody, CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber mental health and comorbidities theme lead, and his team, will provide an independent multi-method evaluation of a Health Foundation funded project entitled ‘Integrating mental, physical and social care in long term conditions' which is being run by King’s College London. Read more.

Delirium research in care homes: Trojan Horses and Holy Grails! - 28 June 2016

In a blog post for the British Geriatrics' Society, Najma Siddiqi discusses her paper "The PiTSTOP study: a feasibility cluster randomized trial of delirium prevention in care homes for older people" which was published in the journal Age and Ageing. Read more. 

New research shows that 43% of women re-start smoking within six months of the birth of their child - 18 March 2016 

A paper published in the scientific journal Addiction, shows that nearly half of all women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to it once the baby is born. Read more.

Cochrane review into interventions for preventing delirium in hospitalised non-ICU patients - 11 March 2016

Najma Siddiqi has had a Cochrane review published. There is also an editorial associated with the review and an audio podcast.

Award for Professor Barry Wright - 22 February 2016

The Royal Association of Deaf people (RAD) have given Professor Barry Wright a highly commended award for his 'outstanding contribution to the deaf community'. Read more.

Paul Toner wins Griffith Edwards Academic Fellowship - 19 February 2016

The Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) has awarded Paul Toner a prestigious three year fellowship to develop an alcohol assessment measure for young people. Read more.

Poorer areas need better access to mental healthcare - 16 November 2015

People who live in poorer areas in England are more likely to need mental healthcare but are less likely to access support and to recover from their symptoms following treatment, according to researchers in the Department of Health Sciences. Read more.

Computer assisted CBT provides little or no benefits for depression - 12 November 2015

Researchers in the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group have revealed computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of depression. Read more.

Cochrane reviews into interventions for drug-using offenders - 25 June 2015

Amanda Perry has had two Cochrane reviews published. Read more.

SCIMITAR+: New research to help people who use mental health services to quit smoking - 16 February 2015

Funding has been secured for a new study to examine the success of a bespoke smoking cessation project aimed at those who have severe mental ill health. Read more.

Dissertation award for MHARG research fellow - 2 February 2015

Jan Böhnke, a research fellow in the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group, and member of HYMS, has received a prestigious award from the University of Trier for his PhD dissertation. Read more.

New national study of alcohol health workers - 8 September 2014

A new study of alcohol health workers has found that while many hospitals now employ specialist staff to deal with alcohol problems among patients, the work is often precarious and underfunded. 

Reviewer Accolades for Noreen Mdege - 4 September 2014

Noreen Mdege, a research fellow based in our Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, has been recognised by The Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and the Journal in Social and Administrative Pharmacy for the strength of her reviews - more information.

Smokers with mental health issues cost UK nearly £2.5 billion a year - 10 July 2014

Smoking prevalence is 50% higher in this group; more effort needed to help them quit, say researchers from the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group.

One in five new mothers will suffer postnatal depression - 7 March 2014

ITV News report featuring BABY PANDA research project which aims to explore how to improve the rates of diagnosis and treatment of postnatal depression.

Economics of Tobacco - 21 February 2014‌

Watch Steve Parrott and Qi Wu talk about the economics of tobacco on a recent Youtube clip from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

BaBY is growing: researchers to examine depression during pregnancy and early motherhood - 3 December 2013

Department of Health Sciences researchers and their clinical NHS colleagues are expanding a project to investigate the health and wellbeing of newborn babies and their parents to include a study of depression during pregnancy and early motherhood. Read more.

Milestone reached by UK’s largest study into depression in older people - September 2013

The UK’s largest study into depression among older people, the CASPER Trial, has successfully reached its recruitment target. For further information about the CASPER trial see