Centre for Mental Health & Community Research

Researching, innovating and transforming the health and well-being of communities

Centre for Mental Health & Community Research

The Centre for Mental Health & Community Research is an interdisciplinary research community at the cutting edge of applied and collaborative mental health and community-based research.

ENRICH Programme

The ENRICH (EvaluatioN of wRaparound in Ireland for CHildren and families) research programme – funded by the Health Research Board (HRB) – focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of two new wraparound-inspired service models designed to promote child health and family well-being in the early years by supporting parents in their parenting role.

PRIMERA Programme

The PRIMERA (Promoting Research and Innovation in Mental hEalth seRvices for fAmilies) research programme  – funded by the HSE – is investigating family-focused services and supports for parents with a diagnosed mental illness and their children.

INSPIRE Study

The INSPIRE  (INvestigating Social and PractIcal suppoRts at the End of life)  Study – funded jointly by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Irish Cancer Society – investigates social and practical supports for people and their family caregivers, who are living at home during their last year of life, with a particular focus on Milford Care Centre’s Compassionate Communities Good Neighbour Partnership.

Other Research

Our other current research projects cover a range of important and topical areas including: understanding and promoting mental health and well-being in children and young people; personalised budgets for people with disabilities; well-being interventions for the long-term unemployed;  and a series of systematic reviews.

Training

PRISM is our research and training hub which has been set up to help develop expertise and capacity in conducting systematic reviews in Ireland, especially (but not exclusively) within the field of health and social care.

The Centre for Mental Health & Community Research (formerly known as the Mental Health and Social Research Unit) was established in Maynooth University in 2008 by Founder/Director, Professor Sinead McGilloway.

Mental Health ResearchWe conduct high quality, interdisciplinary, community-engaged research on innovative and often large-scale health services and social care research programmes and projects across a number of practice- and policy-relevant subject areas of national and international importance. The centre also offers a stimulating learning environment for, and leadership in, the training/mentoring of doctoral/other postgraduate students and early career researchers. The centre was shortlisted in 2016 as a Finalist in two categories of the Irish Laboratory Awards (Research Laboratory of the Year and Healthcare Laboratory of the Year).

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About Us

We are the only centre in Ireland undertaking applied mental health and well-being research across the lifespan and in a community context. Our overarching themes and innovation are outlined below.

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ENRICH PROGRAMME

The ENRICH (EvaluatioN of wRaparound in Ireland for CHildren and families) research programme is our flagship initiative which focuses on how best we might meet health and well-being needs of parents and their children from infancy onwards.

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Community Mental Health

PRIMERA Programme

The PRIMERA (Promoting Research and Innovation in Mental hEalth seRvices for fAmilies) research programme is investigating family-focused services and supports for parents with a diagnosed mental illness and their children (0-18yrs).

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Research On Mental Health

INSPIRE Study

The INSPIRE project is investigating social and practical support for people (and their family caregivers), who are living at home during their last year of life.

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Research Mental Health

Other Research

Our other research covers a range of topics including disability, long-term unemployment and well-being, plus a series of studies on understanding and promoting mental health and well-being in children and young people.

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Research On Mental Health

PRISM

Our PRISM hub delivers introductory and advanced training/workshops on conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

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Mental Health Services Research

Themes & Innovation


Overarching themes & innovation relate to health services research, social care  and implementation science, with a focus on child and adult mental health and well-being, and vulnerable/disadvantaged groups more generally including:

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  • Evaluating services and interventions (including parenting programmes) aimed at preventing and ameliorating clinically significant emotional and behavioural problems in children.
  • Improving services for parents with a diagnosed mental illness (and their children).
  • Promoting the mental health and well-being of children and young people.
  • Supporting people who are receiving end-of-life care (and their health care professionals).
  • Empowering and supporting individuals with disabilities.
  • Developing innovative services to address social problems (e.g. long-term unemployment).
  • Assessing novel interventions for vulnerable groups across the lifespan.
  • Responding to the mental health needs of occupational groups (e.g. those exposed to traumatic/critical incidents).