Our mental health affects how we think, feel and behave. It encompasses our emotional health, psychological health and social well-being. People with good mental health are generally able to think, act and react in the way they need and want to.
Mental health and physical health are both important contributors to our overall health.
Mental health problems affect people’s daily lives. They are the largest cause of disability in the UK; 1 in 6 adults report common mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression. People of all ages can have these conditions.
Mental health problems include common disorders such as anxiety and depression. Rare and severe mental health conditions include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can find information about mental health, and where to get urgent help, on the NHS website.
Mental health research can help us understand the causes of mental health conditions and help us find new treatments and ways to support people. It includes research into which antidepressants might be most effective. Equally, it might look at how the NHS can provide talking therapies for people living with mental health problems.
Research can also help to raise awareness for mental health challenges. You can learn more about some of the findings from NIHR-funded mental health research below.