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Mental Health

Clinical trials in mental health are changing services and improving treatments for people living with a range of conditions across our region

The Mental Health specialty (formerly the Mental Health Research Network) is one of 30 specialties within the new NIHR Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria.

Our specialty encourages people with experience of mental health problems to work with us, and get involved with research. The studies we support all aim to improve NHS services and evaluate treatments and we believe that the people who use these services can potentially benefit from the treatments and give invaluable advice to researchers.


CRN: NE&NC Mental Health Specialty Team

CRN: NE&NC Mental Health Specialty Team

We have a team of research staff in three areas of the North East and North Cumbria. Please contact us if you would like any further information:

  • Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW)
  • Contact: 0191 2081356
  • Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV)
  • Contact: 01642 283501
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CP)
  • Contact: 01228 603140

We oversee research that deals with a wide range of conditions such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar illness, psychosis and addictions. The research is carried out within various groups of patients including children and young people, the general adult population and within learning disabilities. This means that we support a wide range of research studies that examine the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of conditions.

Useful links

 For more information on NTW visit:

 For more information on TEWV visit:

 For more information on CP visit:

 For more information on the national CRN: Mental Health visit:

This is the national link to studies that are open in Mental Health

Meet the Team

Stuart Watson

Dr Stuart Watson

Mental Health Specialty Lead and Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Watch the patient case study

A member of our Service User and Carer Steering Group produced a video on how becoming involved in mental health research changed her life. You can watch the video by cutting and pasting the following link into your internet browser:

Chris has lived with depression for years and decided to get involved in clinical trials because she felt she wanted to be useful. The study Chris was involved in was looking at whether exercise improved symptoms of depression. It is important to Chris to "serve a purpose" and, though her story demonstrates that sometimes being a research participant can be challenging, it shows how much benefit she felt from getting involved.

Meet Ann. After Ann's mother died she became depressed and was asked to take part in a clinical trial looking at joining a local health and exercise group. This is Ann's story.

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Clinical Trials in Mental Health

Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.

Adult Autism Spectrum Cohort- UK

This project will involve the recruitment of 500 adults on the autism spectrum, and at least 500 relatives/carers. We will be including adults on the autism spectrum of all ages and abilities. Parents or carers will respond for people who cannot take part themselves.


Would you be interested in contributing to a research project aiming to improve understanding of alcohol use?

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