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About us

The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) brings together world-leading researchers from Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor Universities to learn more about the triggers and causes of mental health problems.

We aim to help improve diagnosis, treatment and support for the millions of people affected by mental ill-health every year, as well as reduce the stigma faced by many. Key to achieving these aims is to engage with services and their users, the third sector and the wider public to increase understanding of mental illness, and by supporting and undertaking mental health research.

Our research

Mental health problems reflect a complex interplay of social, psychological and biological factors. This means that no single method of research can deliver all the answers, so we use a variety of techniques to investigate how these areas overlap and interact.

Psychosocial research

We use interview and questionnaire-based assessments to gather information on social and psychological factors that may influence a person’s risk of becoming unwell.

By being able to pinpoint particular personality traits and social determinants or specific life events that are associated with higher risk of illness, we can help health professionals to identify at-risk patients earlier and give them access to the right support and treatment.

Biological research

Our biological research is an important step towards developing better diagnoses and treatments. Laboratory studies help us to understand more about how mental illness might alter the way in which molecules, nerve cells and brain systems work.

Neuroimaging research

Neuroimaging offers a powerful insight into the structure and function of the human brain. Techniques like MRI can help us bridge the gap in understanding how the symptoms experienced in mental illness are linked to genetic risk factors.

We can also investigate the effectiveness of neuroimaging as a treatment for mental health problems as well as drug and alcohol addictions.

Take part

More than 25,000 people have taken part in our main study, which is open to everyone over the age of 18, whether you’ve had experience of mental illness or not. Take part online today in as little as 15 minutes.

If you’d like to see what other studies we have available, visit our Research Noticeboard.

Find out more

Learn more about our research and engagement activities in our annual report.


Annual Report
7.19 MB

Our funders


Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Society

Big Lottery Fund

Blake Morgan LLP

Centre for Homelessness Impact

Commission of the European Communities


Economic & Social Research Council



Healthcare & Research Wales Fellowship

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

McPin Foundation

Medical Research Council

Medical Research Foundation

Mental Health Research UK


National Institute for Health Research

National Institute for Health Research

P1vital Ltd

RCBC (Research Building Capacity Collaboration) Wales First Into Research Fellowship

Ruhr Universitat Bochum


The Waterloo Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation

UK Research & Innovation

Universities Wales

Wellcome Trust

Welsh European Funding Office

Welsh Government:

  • Health and Care Research Wales
  • Health and Care Research Wales – Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales
  • Sêr Cymru
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National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

+44 (0)29 2068 8401
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