Research costs: statistics

Mental health research in the UK is chronically underfunded. Mental health research is funded significantly less than research into physical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases.

  • On average, the UK invests approximately £115 million per year in mental health research.1
  • Even though UK institutions are carrying out cutting-edge mental health research, they receive only 5.5% of the UK health research budget. In contrast, investment in cancer research is four times higher, at 19.6%.2
  • In 2011, the amount spent on cancer research was £521 million, resulting in approximately £1,571 per cancer patient, while the average spent on mental health was £115, equating approximately to £9.75 per adult with a mental health problem.3

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  1. MQ Landscape Analysis. (2015). UK Mental Health Research Funding. Retrieved from [Accessed 02/07/16].

  2. ibid

  3. ibid