Why we are taking on mental health research
Although there has been a reduction in the stigma associated with mental health, there is an urgent need for research and action to increase awareness and understanding, and to develop new approaches in prevention and early intervention for better mental health.
Unfortunately, there are stark inequalities in the prevalence of mental health issues, with individuals living in poverty, experiencing poor physical health, and belonging to minority communities disproportionately affected.
There has been a positive shift in the way people discuss mental health in recent years, leading to a reduction in the stigma associated with it. However, there is still much work to be done, and prioritising mental health in the research community is now more crucial than ever.
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