Framework of Mental Health Research Published by Department for Health

Published on: 7th December 2017

Today, the UK Government published the Framework for Mental Health Research, a document which aims to provide a collective view of how mental health research should develop over the next 10 years in the UK.

It outlines recommendations to improve the impact of mental health research, focussing on prevention, early intervention, patient and public engagement and user-led research. It also champions a stronger connection between physical and mental health research.

The Framework also highlights opportunities in data, informatics and virtual populations.

“The full potential of data collection and informatics for mental health research has yet to be realised. The digital era offers vast opportunity, but there is a need for greater consensus on outcome measures, increased use of NHS data and wider dataset linkage beyond healthcare settings.”

The Framework was shaped with input from public and charity funders of mental health research, including the MRC, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council and MQ.

To find out more about the Framework for Mental Health Research, visit or read it in full by downloading the PDF.

To find out more about the MRC’s support of mental health research, visit

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