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Improving societal mental health

We recognise that mental health and brain disorders are societal challenges. 75% of mental health problems start before the age of 18.

We work with key partners in social sciences and the Wolfson Foundation Centre for Young Person’s Mental Health to work on areas such as depression and anxiety in adolescence.

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Innovation Institute also works closely with a range of partners including Cardiff University’s Centre for Human Developmental Science to support children and families with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Societal issues related to mental health and brain disorders spread across the whole lifespan. We engage with social science colleagues to consider how advances in genomics and neuroscience can inform the development of new clinical services and approaches to diagnosis and treatment. We also support work on interventions across the life course including exercise and cognitive training to support mental wellbeing in old age.