We have a new series starting today! We are finding out more about charities and what they do to help mental health. Today we learn all about MQ Mental Health Research.
Who is MQ?
MQ Mental Health Research is the only charity that exclusively invests into scientific research for different mental health conditions, treatments and preventions.
MQ believes that it is only though research that we can find real solutions for the 1 in 4 of us impacted by mental illness. It is only through research that we can develop new and more effective treatments, improve how services are delivered to those in need, and ultimately one day prevent serious mental illnesses from developing in the first place.
After all, without research, it’s just guesswork.
How MQ Helps
By funding the highest quality research, at some of the top institutions in the world, MQ is helping to improve our understanding of different mental health conditions. Such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and psychosis.
By funding research across different scientific disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry and data science MQ researchers are learning how mental illnesses can be effectively treated and are developing ways of stopping serious illnesses from taking hold.
What MQ Does
MQ funds research that really makes a difference to peoples lives. For example:
A new intervention for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The work of Professor Jen Wild who has developed a new intervention for PTSD with a recovery rate of 90%. This intervention, called SHAPE recovery, is specifically aimed at frontline healthcare workers and is now being made available for emergency workers around the globe.
The multi-national IDEA Project (Identifying Depression in Early Adolescence), which spanned the UK, Brazil, Nepal and New Zealand has successfully developed a tool that can predict which young people are at greatest risk of developing depression in later life. Meaning they can be helped before symptoms even develop.
MQ funded the work of Dr Josh Roffman who found that takin folic acid during pregnancy can decrease the risk of psychotic symptoms developing in children. This research contributed to the new food fortification laws in the UK.
Understanding ‘brain fog’
MQ researcher Dr Maxime Taquet found that the ‘brain fog’ experienced by people with long-COVID is caused by blood clots. This discovery could lead to the development of new treatments to help the millions with long-COVID.
MQ believes that conducting the research isn’t enough. The findings have to be made accessible and presented to the right people. That’s why MQ also works hard to make the science accessible and understandable for policy makers, healthcare provides and the general public.
Why We Want to Help
Before it was founded in 2013 there were 163,709 charities registered in the UK. 120 of which were dedicated to funding research into different physical health conditions Not one was dedicated to mental health research.
Because of years of underfunding, our understanding of different mental health conditions was way behind where it should have been. We knew far more about physical health than we did mental health, because of the significant difference in funding.
For example, whilst only £9 per person affected was invested in mental health research, £228 was invested in cancer research. That’s 25 times more.
Over the last 10 years, MQ has invested £30 million to support ground-breaking research across six continents.
How is MQ Funded?
MQ is funded by public donations and fundraising activities. Fundraisers like Jonas who ran the 2023 London marathon to raise funds for MQ.
“Last month, I lost a childhood friend to depression. The sadness I felt for his pain was overwhelming and his action was a shock to all of us near to him.
The same day, a mysterious timing, MQ invited me to raise money for mental health by running the London Marathon.
I immediately signed up.
In the last month, I have spoken to many friends and colleagues about my friend’s action and mental health in general, mine included, and what has impressed me most is that everyone responds with a similar story of their own. In particular, anxiety and depression, to various degrees, at work and in personal life, is much more common than at least I was aware.
Thus, I am sincerely grateful to be invited to help this cause.”
If you want to take on a challenge to raise money for mental health research MQ offer a number of different activities and events including the brand new Iceland trek: https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/take-on-a-challenge/
Get in touch:
You can find out more about MQ by visiting their website: https://www.mqmentalhealth.org
You can also e-mail us: email@example.com
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Want to do more? You can take part in research by joining one of the many different study opportunities shared on Participate.
These opportunities to take part in research range from online questionnaires to full in-person trials.
MQ Mental Health Research
MQ is an award-winning mental health research charity. We invest in scientific research all around the world, helping to create a future where mental illnesses are understood, effectively treated and one day prevented.
Our scientists investigate a huge range of issues: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and more. We are bringing together everything from cutting-edge neuroscience to social studies to find the answers we need.
Our approach is international, interdisciplinary and collaborative. By connecting a community of supporters with a world-class network of experts, we are bringing real change to the millions of people affected by mental illness.