*Figures from MQ Transforming Mental Health 2017
Finding technological solutions for people living with mental health conditions
Mental illness inflicts a heavy toll on affected individuals, carers and society as a whole.
Last year we challenged research teams comprised of clinicians, academics and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to develop innovative technological solutions that could influence the patient care pathway, and improve patient outcomes.
In November 2017, our panel selected one novel application, which could transform the lives of people living with mental health conditions, as the winner of the NIHR i4i Mental Health 2017 Challenge Awards. Professor Daniel Freeman and his team were awarded £4 million which will enable state-of-the-art psychological therapy to be delivered via virtual reality (VR) in the NHS to benefit patients with psychosis. Find out more about the project in this Video courtesy of BBC South Today:
Following the success of the 2017 competition the NIHR i4i Challenge Awards launched for a second time on 1 Feb 2018 seeking technology based applications, supporting aspirations as set out in the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health and the Framework for Mental Health Research in the United Kingdom.
The NIHR is taking the opportunity during this call to highlight some key NIHR projects that are already leading the way in the field of mental health research. We will also be highlighting the challenges in this field, and the gaps that we hope future technology in mental health research could bridge, hearing from academic and industry experts in the process.
Follow the hashtag #NIHRChallenge to join our conversation and keep up to date with the research we are profiling and competition progress. You can visit the competition page for more information about the Challenge Awards.
Hear more about the call from Martin Hunt, i4i Programme Director in this podcast from The Mental Elf:
Alongside the 2018 Challenge, the NIHR has also opened a Themed Call ‘Promotion of good mental health and the prevention or treatment of mental ill health’ across the whole life course. Proposals are invited for clinical and applied health research that evaluate healthcare interventions, health services, social care or public health measures operating at either the individual, or the population level.
Below, you'll find features relating to some of the NIHR research that has focused on mental health to date.