A 10-year strategy for mental health research which ignores drug use

A 10-year strategy for mental health research which ignores drug use News items Ian Hamilton Ian Hamilton is a Lecturer at A 10-year strategy for mental health research which ignores drug use the Department of Health Following a recommendation made by the Mental Health Task Force in 2016, the UK Sciences, University of York, Department of Health has published a strategy for mental health research (The Mental Health York, UK. Task Force, 2016, Department of Health, 2017). The ambition is to direct mental health research over the next decade. Mental health and substance use dominate the top ten global causes of non-communicable diseases (Delgadillo and Kay-Lambkin, 2016). Both issues are important in their own right but there is also significant overlap between drug use and mental health. So any ambition to improve our understanding of mental health through research must include the issue of drug use. However, this new strategy mentions drugs only twice. The first relates to physical and mental health, with a recommendation that the connection between the two are strengthened in research, at this point a brief reference to addiction is made: Research which spans physical and mental health such as: understanding mechanisms behind the mortality gap in severe mental illness; side-effects of medication; ethnicity; immunology and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Emerald Publishing

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News items Ian Hamilton Ian Hamilton is a Lecturer at A 10-year strategy for mental health research which ignores drug use the Department of Health Following a recommendation made by the Mental Health Task Force in 2016, the UK Sciences, University of York, Department of Health has published a strategy for mental health research (The Mental Health York, UK. Task Force, 2016, Department of Health, 2017). The ambition is to direct mental health research over the next decade. Mental health and substance use dominate the top ten global causes of non-communicable diseases (Delgadillo and Kay-Lambkin, 2016). Both issues are important in their own right but there is also significant overlap between drug use and mental health. So any ambition to improve our understanding of mental health through research must include the issue of drug use. However, this new strategy mentions drugs only twice. The first relates to physical and mental health, with a recommendation that the connection between the two are strengthened in research, at this point a brief reference to addiction is made: Research which spans physical and mental health such as: understanding mechanisms behind the mortality gap in severe mental illness; side-effects of medication; ethnicity; immunology and

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Advances in Dual DiagnosisEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 19, 2018

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