Mental health


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High benefit, no cost: the case for tackling mental illness

Feature | 23 September 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

A new video from the esrc centre for economic performance (cep) shows that mental health is crucial for wellbeing, and that modern therapies for mental health problems have no net cost to the public purse.

Fear contagion: how we make our children fearful

Feature | 27 September 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new esrc-funded study.

Lifelong impact from childhood bullying

Feature | 23 August 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Serious illness, struggling to hold down a regular job and poor social relationships are some of the negative outcomes in adulthood facing those who were victim of bullying in childhood.

Missing people prefer to stay nearby

Feature | 21 June 2013 | General public, Press/media

People who voluntarily go missing usually stay close to home, according to new research. Findings from the esrc-funded project geographies of missing people were presented at the 1st international conference on missing children and adults, held in so ...

A better life with dementia

Feature | 23 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives, and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances, research from the esrc suggests.

More job satisfaction despite recession

Feature | 14 February 2013 | Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

The recession has had a profound impact on britain's workplaces - but findings from the workplace employment relations study show that parts of working life have actually improved since the survey was last conducted in 2004.

Tracing the lives of missing persons

Feature | 25 September 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

A new esrc-funded project chronicles the stories of those who choose to disappear and become a missing person. The findings will be used to train police, inform government policy and design services to support those who disappear and their families.

Bottling it up or talking it over?

Feature | 24 July 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

'women talk, men bottle things up' is a popular stereotype. But it's not simply a gender divide; age, generation and class are also important in how we deal with emotional issues, according to recent research.

Understanding how stress triggers bipolar mood swings

Feature | 22 May 2012 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Financial problems, marital difficulties, job loss and personal illness can trigger episodes of bipolar depression and mania, according to new research findings.

Social mobility report draws on esrc-funded research

Feature | 03 May 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

A new report by the all-party parliamentary group on social mobility has identified seven 'key truths' about social mobility, drawing on esrc-funded research.

Case studies

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Changing the lives of children orphaned by aids

Case Study | 30 April 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Voluntary sector

New research has informed the development of aids-related policy in sub-saharan africa, improving the life chances of children who have been orphaned by hiv and aids.

Data lays foundation for alcohol pricing policy

Case Study | 01 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Datasets from the esrc-funded uk data service were used in a policy model which underpinned the scottish bill on minimum pricing of alcohol.

Boosting resilience for young people

Case Study | 19 August 2011 | General public, Press/media, Schools

Resilient therapy, a successful resilience-boosting practice developed through esrc-funded research by professor angie hart, has been embedded in two community organisations.

Press releases

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Finding murray's magic

Press Release | 24 June 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research suggests that it is andy murray’s ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete according to new research funded by the economic and social research council

Depression: why life can feel out of control

Press Release | 18 April 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

People with depression often feel their life is out of control. Research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) suggests that these feeling may be caused by subtle changes in the way depressed people perceive time and process their ...


Most recent grants

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Support for carers of people with early onset dementia

Professor Heather Gage | 31 March 2014

Research to assess policies and strategies for dementia in the young (rhapsody) aims primarily to analyse the health and social care systems and infrastructures available to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset demen ...

Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

Dr Abigail Millings | 24 February 2014

The applying relationships science to contemporary interventions seminar series is a 3-year programme of nine mini-conferences designed to facilitate dialogue around relationships science between key stakeholders in contemporary interventions. Events ...

Facilitating carers' mind-mindedness through education and early intervention

Professor Elizabeth Meins | Developmental psychology | 28 January 2014

This professorial fellowship focuses on extending the real-world impact of the academic literature on caregivers' ‘mind-mindedness’ - the ability to 'tune in' to what a young child may be thinking or feeling. Previous research has demonst ...

Cross disciplinary thinking about 'antisocial personality disorder'.

Dr David Jones | 13 January 2014

This seminar series is designed to promote thought and new perspectives on the difficulties posed by people who have major problems in their lives and their relationships - who are sometimes given the diagnosis of 'personality disorder'. At their mos ...

Living well with dementia

Professor Linda Clare | 01 January 2014

Enabling people with dementia and carers to ‘live well’ with the condition is a key uk policy objective. The aim of this project is to identify what helps people to live well or makes it difficult to live well in the context of having dem ...

Life study: phase 1

Professor Carol Dezateux | Demography (General) | 01 January 2014

The life study is designed to investigate influences operating in early life, which have implications for the health, well-being and development of children and the adults they will become. The life study will develop a rich resource of longitudinal ...


Most recent outputs

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Siobhan Hugh-Jones | 30 September 2014 | Awareness | End of Grant Report

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Susan Leekam | 30 September 2014 | Psychology | End of Grant Report

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Longer interviews may not affect subsequent survey participation propensity

Peter Lynn | 30 April 2014 | Sociology | Working paper

Researchers often assume that respondent burden influences survey participation propensity and that interview length is a good indicator of burden. However, there is little evidence of the effect of interview length on subsequent participation propen ...


S C Noah Uhrig | 30 April 2014 | Sociology | Working paper

Is there a link between sexuality and poverty? if so, has this relationship changed over time? what anti-poverty policies might be relevant to address issues related to sexuality and poverty? the report synthesises literature and adds top-line findin ...