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Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is committed to developing and extending its relationships across London.

Many London-focused initiatives within the Institute cut across research, education and service to society.

For instance, most mental health problems first emerge at school age and The Reach Study sees IoPPN researchers work with more than 3,000 school pupils across south London. They aim to better understand ways to promote good mental health in young people from all backgrounds.

Key London priorities for the faculty:

  • To co-develop the Children & Young People’s Institute with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, creating a centre of excellence to research child and adolescent mental health.
  • To identify and develop opportunities to collaborate with communities in London, with particular focus on working with individuals within our home boroughs.

Current initiatives include:

  • Working closely with our local communities alongside our partner NHS Trusts on a diverse range of research projects. These include engaging local young people in discussions and interventions focused on drug and alcohol use, as well as initiatives aimed at improving mental health in school children and young people.
  • Working hard to inspire young people from under-represented groups to consider higher education. We work closely with local primary and secondary schools and the faculty’s youth awards – aimed at secondary school students – engage local young people with IoPPN’s work.
  • Local communities in south-east London are working with IoPPN researchers in the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) to share their health and healthcare experiences through physical activities, school partnerships and creative experiences.


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