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The Institute of Mental Health Research at York

Bringing people together and sharing their knowledge and experiences to improve lives through better mental health.

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.

A brand new running event in the heart of York!

Step into spring with the University of York's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery, and hundreds of people of all abilities as they take on the TEWV 10K. The event is open to anyone – you don’t have to work for TEWV or the NHS. You must be aged 16 or over on event day.

Date: Sunday 21 April 2024

Time: 11am

Location: Knavesmire, inside York Racecourse

Price: £10 excluding booking fee. The total cost is £11.60 with the booking fee. The entry fee goes towards the staging of the event.

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Other events

Please find below a list of events organised by partners within the University of York independently or in collaboration with IMRY, and also events led by external organisations and partners.

Please note that some of the University of York events are open only to members of the University.