Impact of COVID-19 on mental health research: is this the breaking point?

Br J Psychiatry. 2022 Feb 17;220(5):1-3. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2022.8. Online ahead of print.


There are many structural problems facing the UK at present, from a weakened National Health Service to deeply ingrained inequality. These challenges extend through society to clinical practice and have an impact on current mental health research, which was in a perilous state even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. In this editorial, a group of psychiatric researchers who currently sit on the Academic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and represent the breadth of research in mental health from across the UK discuss the challenges faced in academic mental health research. They reflect on the need for additional investment in the specialty and ask whether this is a turning point for the future of mental health research.

Keywords: Education and training; clinical governance; cost-effectiveness; economics; supervision.