Mental Health and Comorbidity



What we’re about
The Mental Health and Co-Morbidities theme is one of the nine themes in CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber, led by Professor Simon Gilbody, exploring the interface between mental and physical ill-health.

Our starting point is the repeated observation that people with severe mental illness (SMI) also frequently have the added morbidity-burden of longer-term conditions (LTC). Severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar illness and chronic depression have some of the worst indices of mortality of any section of the population. 

The purpose of this theme is to identify, prioritise and develop interventions to address this major health inequality. We target unhealthy behaviours and lifestyle such as poor diet, smoking and alcohol. We also target problems in accessing good healthcare and in the management of co-existing physical health problems such as diabetes, respiratory illness and ischaemic heart disease and seek to promote physical health and wellbeing.

The Mental Health and Comorbidities theme areas of interest include:

  • Improving primary physical care for people with mental ill health and addictions.
  • Improving care for long term health conditions associated with mental illness, such as diabetes and respiratory illness.
  • Promoting healthier lifestyles and behaviour change, for example, smoking cessation and sexual health.
  • Trans-cultural aspects of physical and mental ill health.
  • Implementation evaluation.

Our aim is to present our findings to our NHS partners and national NHS decision makers, also engaging with users and cares both locally and nationally. We will produce an evidence base for strategies to improve physical health amongst those with mental ill health and addictions. Our NHS partners will benefit from the participation and engagement in service innovation and evaluation.

The Mental Health & Comorbidity Theme consists of a highly knowledgeable team of academics and clinicians across Yorkshire with expertise and an excellent track record of success in programme development, trial management, interrogation of 'big data', implementation evaluation, and health economic modelling in a wide range of mental health areas including serious mental illness and smoking cessation, long term physical health conditions, sexual health, and addiction. Therefore, we are ideally placed to offer evaluation services for programmes involved in health service delivery in mental health and comorbidity. For further details, please contact Professor Simon Gilbody to discuss your requirements.