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IMRY: The Institute of Mental Health Research at York

The Institute of Mental Health Research epitomises our determination here at the University of York to bring together ambitious, enquiring academics and students with partners working at the forefront of mental health. 

The experiences and insights of service users, frontline professionals, policy makers and the public inspire what we do and are at the heart of our work.

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Our vision is to enhance the lives of all people affected by mental health problems, and to reduce the risk and impact of difficulties and disabilities linked to mental health. We do this by sharing the expertise and insights of people from different disciplines and with a wide range of life experiences.

Professor Lina Gega, Director, the Institute of Mental Health Research at York.

The launch 

We launched the Institute of Mental Health Research at York (IMRY) in October 2022. The Institute embraces University staff, students, alumni, donors and affiliates, who have ‘mental health’ as a common ground in their work.

We also bring together external partners and beneficiaries who have a vested interest in mental health, including the NHS and social care; education and academia; the justice system; the industry and business sector; charitable/voluntary organisations; communities and the general public.

Research Showcases

The University of York has a strong track record in mental health research. What makes our work distinctive is the plurality of disciplines that lead and apply mental health research across the Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities. 

We have conducted some of the world’s first and largest clinical trials in mental health, with exemplary economic evaluations and evidence syntheses. Our influential work on health and social policy, inequalities and social determinants of poor physical and mental health is complemented by our global initiatives to improve the lives and care of people with mental illness in low- and middle-income countries. We have advanced the philosophical and sociological understandings of emotional experiences and human responses to adverse or changing circumstances. Our innovations in creative media and digital technologies have enabled us to reach wide and diverse audiences.


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