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Mental health research gets £200m boost from Wellcome

The Wellcome Trust is increasing its funding for mental health research by £200 million over the next five years in a massive boost for research in this area.

The charity’s director Jeremy Farrar made the announcement the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 23 January. Farrar said that science is essential to finding out more about the underlying causes of mental health problems, how treatments work and how to make them more effective.

“Mental health is not just a pressing public health problem, it’s also a huge productivity and economic issue. Far less is spent on mental health research than on physical health,” Farrar said in a statement. “There is a great opportunity to innovate and transform our mental health, in everything from basic research and early prevention, to frontline treatment and workplace initiatives.”

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