Our response to the six priority areas for mental health research set out by the ROAMER project.

23 September 2015

A study published in the Lancet Psychiatry today, the Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe project (ROAMER), sets out six priority areas for mental health research.

The roadmap is described as "a comprehensive, coordinated mental health research agenda … that will, over the next 5-10 years, help to close the biggest gaps in mental health research in Europe".

Commenting on the publication of the study, Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:

"The Mental Health Foundation welcomes and endorses the need for further research into the prevention of mental health problems. With mental health continuing to rise up the public policy agenda, this study comes at a critical time. It reinforces the fact that funding for mental health research in Europe is disproportionately low.

"Directly related to the work of the Mental Health Foundation, the study reports that 'preventative research could be especially useful', but warns at present in the UK such research only receives 0.17-0.28% of the total yearly spend on health research.

"We believe that the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening. This important study reinforces our own commitment to, and focus on, preventative measures in mental health which also address social and economic factors across a lifespan, and with a particular focus on children and young people.

"As clearly illustrated by the study and given the personal and economic costs of mental health problems, the short term cost of research is more than offset by the long term investment in a mentally healthier society."