Competition launched to support people with mental health illnesses

A new competition calls for creative ideas and technologies that could mean mental illnesses are diagnosed earlier, and the disease better managed through a more tailored approach to care.

This funding is part of the Government’s commitment to help improve care for patients with long-term conditions. Mental health illnesses are the single largest cause of disability in the UK. At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The Government’s ‘No health without mental health’ outcomes strategy highlights the importance of tackling the inequalities that lead to poor mental health but also the unique and varied challenges associated with the illness.

This Small Business Research Initiative aims to promote UK economic growth while addressing public sector needs. The application process is run through Health Enterprise East, the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England. All applications should be made using the application forms, which can be downloaded from the Health Enterprise East website.

Closing date for applications is 28 February 2013.