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WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience became a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health (WHOCC) in 1992. The Centre is housed within Health Service and Population Research department (HSPRD) and its director is Professor Graham Thornicroft.

HSPRD researchers help governments and non-governmental organisations worldwide, to develop and implement locally appropriate policies, services and training to promote mental health, prevent illness and treat and support people with mental health problems and their families. 

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme

HSPR is supporting WHO's Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) helps WHO member states tackle the 'treatment gap' –the gap between services that are needed and services that are available. This includes the production of WHO's  practical guidelines for use by  primary health care practitioners. These international guidelines – the WHO mhGAP Implementation Guide – was jointly led by Professor Thornicroft and Dr Shekhar Saxena, director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO in Geneva.

HSPR researchers are helping governments in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda to put the mhGAP treatments guidelines into practice through PRIME, (Programe for Improving Mental Health Care 2011-2017), funded by the UK's Department for International Development.

EMERALD (Emerging Mental Health Systems in Low and Middle Income countries, 2012-2017) is helping to improve services and support for people with mental health problems in the same countries as PRIME. EMERALD is funded by the European Union's 'Seventh Framework Programme'.

Improving health and social welfare of people with dementia

The 10/66 Dementia Research Group is co-ordinated by Professor Martin Prince co-director of the Centre for Global Mental Health (run jointly by King's Health Partners and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). The 10/66 Group is part of Alzheimer's International and is a network of research groups in in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, Russia, China and south east Asia. They work to improve the health and social welfare of older people living in low and middle income countries who have dementia. Their studies aim to ascertain the numbers of people who have dementia, find out  about the genetic and environmental causes of dementia and develop ways of supporting people with dementia and their families.

Work carried out by the 10/66 Group supports WHO activities.  Information from their studies was quoted extensively in the World Health Organisation's 2012 report Dementia: a public health priority

Find out more about
• The World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations' agency for health
WHO activities and policies on mental health
• WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)
• The role of WHO Collaborating Centres
• Centre for Global Mental Health (run by King's Health Partners and London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) 
• Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME)
• 10/66 Dementia Research Group


page last updated 9 July 2014

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