MRC: Strategy for lifelong mental health research


Employing a lifelong perspective with a focus on children and young people

The MRC is dedicated to increasing our understanding of, and finding treatments for, mental illness at all stages of life. We support investigations into foetal programming (where events within the womb can lead to long-term effects in later life), the perinatal mental health of parents, childhood and adolescent development, and mental health and wellbeing throughout adulthood and in older age. Common adult mental health disorders such as depression and psychosis often emerge during adolescence; 50% of mental illness observed in adults is manifest by the age of fifteen and 75% by the age of eighteen5. Therefore, we are placing an emphasis on mental health research which focuses on children and young adults. 

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