Part of VU's Clinical and Community Health and Wellbeing program, the Mental Health and Addiction research group focuses on the following areas:

  • prevention and early intervention for young people and adults with mental-health and substance-misuse problems
  • promotion of recovery in people with severe and enduring mental illness and substance-misuse problems
  • primary caregiver and family capacity building.

Mental Health & Addiction research

Promotion and maintenance of good mental health is a national health priority.

Our research takes place locally and internationally, in diverse settings, with an aim to improve mental health.

Recently, our group projects have included the following:

  • A peer support program for enhancing medication adherence in mental health consumers with schizophrenia.
  • A pilot randomised control trial to assess the feasibility of a peer-based low-intensity psychosocial intervention for reducing depressive symptoms in pregnant women in rural Bangladesh.
  • Bridging the Gap: Educating family members from sub-Saharan African immigrant communities about seeking help for depression, anxiety and substance misuse in young people.
  • Evaluating the use of restraint and seclusion in inpatient aged psychiatry units.
  • Evaluation of a cognitive behaviour therapy based self-help manual for adults with depression.
  • Evaluation of a mental health literacy program on community leaders’ knowledge about and attitudes towards people with mental disorders in Ghana: Cluster randomised controlled trial.
  • Evaluation of a problem-based self-help manual for family caregivers of young people with first-episode psychosis.
  • Exploring needs – navigating obstacles: Key family members who support adults with drug and alcohol use problems.
  • Improving men’s access to care: A national ambulance approach to improve help-seeking and men’s mental health.
  • Preventing mental health problems in young people through better mental health literacy.


Research students

  • Yaw Arthur
  • Jillan Goullet
  • Meg Polacsek
  • Mulki Said
  • James Shanahan
  • Rehenuma Tarannum

Our research aims to help diverse communities in seeking support.

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