The Mental Health Policy Research Unit

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The NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit (MHPRU) at University College London (UCL) and King’s College London (KCL) was established in 2017. Its aim is to help the Department of Health and Social Care, and others involved in making nationwide plans for mental health services, to make decisions based on good evidence.

The MHPRU makes expert views and evidence available to policymakers in a timely way and carries out research that is directly useful for policy. It is managed by academics at UCL and KCL in partnership with collaborators from City and Middlesex University, the Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Elf.

Dr Julian Edbrooke-Childs, Deputy Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) and the Anna Freud Centre’s Head Digital Development and Evaluation, provides expertise on child and adolescent mental health to the MHPRU and leads a research study on research priorities for the role of screen use in young people’s mental health.