Mind the Gap Newsletter
MQ’s ‘Mind the Gap’ Newsletter is sent to our supporters to update on our exciting research projects, share our recent news and blogs, and flag up important policy and research developments. You can sign up here.
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Why 'Mind the Gap'?
Around the world mental health research has simply not been a priority. In the UK, this is epitomised by two figures: 5.5% and 1/3 of a penny.
5.5% - The percentage of UK research funding dedicated to mental health
23% of the UK population are affected by mental health problems at some point each year and the economic and social cost of mental health in England is £105 billion – yet only 5.5% of UK research is dedicated to the area.
1/3 of a penny - The amount given by the public to mental health research for every pound spent by the Government, compared to £2.75 for cancer.
In contrast to the other major health conditions, public funding of mental health research is virtually non-existent. For every £1 the government spends on cancer research, the general public invests £2.75. For heart and circulatory problems it's £1.35. For mental health research the figure is 0.3p, that’s a 1/3 of a penny. Click here to read more.
Everyone thinks that someone else has got it covered. When we talk about MQ, time and again people are surprised that there was not already a major charity funder of mental health research. We’ve all heard of Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation, and Alzheimer's Research UK...
The current picture of mental health research is one of gaps - gaps in funding, gaps in research programmes, gaps in knowledge, gaps in training, gaps in care. The point is there is much to do and not enough people, talent or money directed to bridging these gaps.
MQ exists to close these gaps – raising money to fund exceptional research
Through this research we can:
- improve treatments and find even better ones
- prevent mental health problems where we can
- work to improve diagnosis and access to care and support.
Research can transform lives - join us to make it happen