19/108 Public mental health interventions

What are the most effective* interventions, outside the NHS, aimed at enabling populations to achieve good mental health and to prevent mental health problems?

* ‘Effectiveness’ in this context relates not only to the size of the effect, but it also takes into account any harmful or negative side effects, including inequitable outcomes.

A range of study designs and outcome measures could be used that can provide robust evidence of effectiveness and take into account the lived experience of those with mental health problems in diverse population groups. Researchers will need to identify and justify the most suitable methodological approach(es). Researchers will also need to specify key outcome measures and specify how these will be measured in short, medium and long terms.

Researchers may wish to consider evaluating natural experiments comparing the effects of different approaches and different settings in design and delivery of programmes to achieve good mental health and prevent mental health problems.

Proposals received by 1pm on 12 November 2019, and deemed within remit, will be assessed for their importance to public health by the Prioritisation Committee (PC) in January 2020.

Shortlisted stage 1 proposals from this round will be considered by the Funding Committee (FC) in February 2020, and assessed for scientific quality, feasibility and value for money. Applicants will be informed of the FC’s decisions in late February 2020, and successful applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application. Applicants have eight weeks to complete and submit a stage 2 application for it to be considered at the June 2020 Funding Committee.

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