National Institute for Health and Care Research

Background and Funding

Mental Health in Development

The Supporting Early Minds Research Network is part of a wider project called Mental Health in Development (MHID). MHID aims to deliver targeted, effective and accessible mental health interventions to meet the needs of diverse children and young people (aged 0-18 years). They are doing this through a range of projects which are developing infrastructure, research capacity and collaborations across institutions and sectors.

You might be interested in these other MHID projects:

  • WISDOM Research Network: a research network bringing together primary and secondary schools in England with academic researchers to facilitate high quality mental health research that meets the diverse needs of school communities.
  • AnDY (Anxiety and Depression in Young people) Research Clinic Oxford: a clinic embedded in CAMHS focused on assessing and treating young people for anxiety, OCD and depression disorders, and undertaking research into the development, maintenance and treatment of such disorders.
  • Adaptive Innovative Measurements (AIM): co-designing tools to identify and modify mechanisms that underpin the onset and persistence of common mental health problems among children and young people, and developing an online platform to host a repository of measures for researchers.
  • Developing innovation in involvement in research methods for Patient and Public Involvement.

Our Partners

We work in conjunction with the Universities of Birmingham, Reading, Liverpool, Oxford Brookes and York, and the Oxford Health, Berkshire Healthcare and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trusts.

Our Funders

MHID is part of the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth. NIHR BRCs are collaborations between universities and NHS organisations, bringing together academics and clinicians to translate research into new treatments, diagnostics, and technologies. In 2022, the NIHR awarded £816 million over five years to 20 BRCs across England.

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