About This Project
The strategy is aligned with a life course approach towards the public mental health of individuals, communities and societies. We will focus on life transitions to protect and promote public mental health during these periods of increased susceptibility in an individual’s life. These include key transitions experienced during adolescence, young adulthood, working life and beyond. We know that life events and transitions that happen during these times can have persistent effects. As such, these transitional periods and life events provide a window of opportunity that can be targeted with interventions, policies and practices in order to redirect or influence future life trajectories. This life course approach will help us to identify the groups with greater needs and introduce early interventions that aim to identify and monitor disadvantages and prevent or mitigate the accumulation of risk of poor mental health. In essence, the Public Mental Health Research Strategy will focus on the prevention, early detection and intervention of common mental disorders, including suicide and self-harm. It will also target secondary prevention of harmful effects in educational attainment, prolonged periods of worklessness, long-term sickness absence, accumulated multimorbidity, years lived with a disability, and mental disorders for older people.