Mental health statistics: research costs

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