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Mental Health Research Group

 Mental Health Research Group

The Mental Health Research Group (MHRG) is a joint initiative of the Tees Esk Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust and Durham University. It was established in 2008 through core funding from TEWV. The focus of the Group's two research programmes of Youth Mental Health and Primary Care Mental Health is on clinical trials to provide evidence based interventions for translation into practice. The MHRG is led by Dr Helen Stain and in 2014 finalised its business strategy in alignment with the next five year plan for the Group.

Mission Statement
To enhance mental health and wellbeing for all, through high quality research and education that generates knowledge to inform health services and health policy.

Better mental health and wellbeing for all.

The MHRG employs an enhanced paradigm for youth involvement by developing youth ambassadors and placing young people at the heart of all activities driving the research. Youth Speak, a group of young people aged 14-25 years, was established in 2013 for this purpose. By increasing our knowledge base of critical determinants, psychological mechanisms and pathways characteristic of mental health and wellbeing, our research will underpin future strategies for the promotion of healthy ageing, targeted disease prevention and clinical interventions.

The MHRG brings together partners with research expertise and infrastructure of world renowned research institutes and centres of excellence for mental health and wellbeing of young people. For example, the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (Durham. UK), the Centre for Excellence for Adolescent Psychopathology (FORIPSI, Italy), the Institute of Psychology Health and Society (Liverpool, UK), TIPS Early Intervention in Psychosis Centre (Stavanger, Norway), and Innovations in Mental Health Care (Maastricht, Netherlands).

Staff involved
Dr Helen Stain, Head of Group, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr David Ekers, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Nurse Consultant

Dr Lisa Webster, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr Ruth Wadman, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Mrs Susan Williams, Business Manager

The Group conducts research on two themes: Youth Mental Health and Primary Care Mental Health

Contact Details

Mental Health Research Group
Durham University
School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
Room F015, Wolfson Building
Queen's Campus
TS17 6BH

Tel: 0191 33 40320