The Centre for Community Mental Health conducts local, national and international research and consultancy. We are part of an international network of expertise in practice and service innovation, improving service provision and tackling social exclusion and stigma by:
- working to improve services and life opportunities for people with severe and enduring mental health problems
- promoting advocacy, equality and social integration, and celebrating cultural diversity
- developing innovative approaches to service provision
- supporting improvement and development of policies and services
- engaging the expertise and experiences of service users, carers, support groups, and professionals through education, training, events and research
- hosting events, training, seminars, and conferences.
Working in partnership
We recognise the value of working with ‘Experts by Experience’ (service users), carers and family groups, to develop alternative perspectives to established professional expertise. We utilise the experiences of these experts alongside support groups, service providers, non-governmental and statutory organisations. Forging these collaborations forms the basis of constructive partnerships, aiding the development of accessible and appropriate, mental health services.
Providing education, events and training
We have an established reputation for hosting a variety of seminars, workshops, training, conferences, and visits at the University and beyond.
We operate with a small core of staff, utilising expertise from within the University and an extended group of affiliated experts to undertake commissioned research. We have an enviable reputation in service development, innovation, and informing and supporting projects. Our current research work includes:
- National Dementia Care Strategy
- Voice Hearing
- International Development Programme
- A number of pending national and international proposals
For more information please visit our Research page.
Downloadable project reports, executive summaries and other publications are available from our Publications page
Networking and Consultancy
We also provide international support to, for example, the World Health Organisation’s work in Sri Lanka following the tsunami, and contributing to the improvement of mental health services in developing countries. Professor Morris also acts as an adviser to the Health Ministries in Belgium, Bermuda and Norway assisting in introducing community-based mental health services into their respective countries.
For more information, please visit our International page
Birmingham is world renowned for innovation in community based mental healthcare following radical redesign of its services during the 1990s, which Professor Morris (Director) played a significant role. We have hosted a considerable amount of successful, high profile international visits to Birmingham City University's Faculty of Health, in conjunction with our colleagues at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, including our most prestigious to date; the Vice-President of Belgium and her VIP delegation.
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