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Public mental health

Public mental health is an international priority and a major challenge for public health practitioners. However, the evidence base regarding effective interventions is limited.  The public mental health programme involves applied public health research in children, young people and adults.  We aim to generate new knowledge which practitioners can use to deliver impact.

The public mental health programme will work with the children, young people and families programme to research mental well-being in this population. It will also work closely with the places and communities programme to develop and employ a standard set of public mental health outcomes to assess the impact on mental health of environmental, economic and welfare system changes, and help identify potential interventions to offset those effects.

Public mental health is a current NIHR SPHR research programme (2017-2022).

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Stop smoking support services for people with recognised mental health problems

This research project will compare stop smoking support services offered to people with recognised mental health problems and the general population.

August 2017 - August 2018

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Evaluating the impact of the changing role of social housing providers on inequalities for residents and communities

This work aims to explore how current changes to the role of housing officers at social housing providers has affected the health and wellbeing of residents, local communities and on other local services.

April 2018 - March 2019

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Safeguarding children affected by parental substance misuse

This research project will look at parenting interventions which may be adapted for non-substance misusing parents and caregivers within families where one parent misuses substances.

April 2018 - September 2019

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Evaluating the Cambridgeshire Time Credits project

This project aimed to evaluate the outcomes of the Time Credits project in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, to determine the initiative’s potential to tackle social exclusion and loneliness, and to assess the extent to which it can improve wellbeing and increase community cohesion and social capital.

August 2015 - May 2017

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Men in sheds: improving the health and wellbeing of older men

One in five of the UK population is an older man (aged over 65 years), and although men report better health than women, their mortality rates are higher.

June 2012 - March 2013

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Breakthrough mentoring

This study explored how breakthrough mentoring, which carefully matches a young person with an adult mentor who has similar interests, could be used to improve young people's behaviour, health and wellbeing.

June 2013 - September 2015

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