Partnership paves the way for mental health research development @TEWV

The Trust and The University of York have come together in an innovative partnership to develop research into mental health.

Both organisations have committed to work together over the next 15 years, using the strengths of both institutions to create a transformed environment for mental health research.

The mental health research partnership will make a visible and measurable difference to those working, learning and experiencing care within it. Both organisations will honour a commitment to the World Health Organisation definition of mental health as ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’. Within the TEWV there will be greater active use of research findings to constantly evolve and improve the quality of care.

Commenting on the partnership Colin Martin, TEWV Chief Executive said: “The mental health partnership signifies a strong strategic priority from both organisations for sustaining and growing research in mental health.

“The partnership is committed to increasing public, patient and carer involvement. Research will be co-produced with people who have experience of mental health issues and their families and carers, with the aim of outcomes being used in every day practice.

Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor at the University of York, said: “Issues of mental health are a growing global concern and high-quality research in this area is an urgent requirement.

“Through this new partnership we aim to establish international recognition for mental health and promote research that sheds new light on interventions that could save lives and improve health and wellbeing.”