MARATONE: Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe

Principal investigator(s):
Martin Knapp
Martin Knapp, David McDaid and the Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe
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Marie Curie Initial Training Network
Beneficiaries: University of Southampton, Consorcio Ciber Para El Area Tematica De Salud Mental, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, King’s College London, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, London School of Economics and Political Science, National Suicide Research Foundation, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan De Deu (PSSJD): Fundació Sant Joan de Déu (FSJD), Siemens AG, Schweizer Paraplegiker – Forschung AG:, Universitaet Leipzig, Oulun Yliopisto. Partners: CF Consulting Finanziamenti Unione Europea S.r.1, European Alliance Against Depression e.V., European Brain Council, Federacio Salut Mental Catalunya, World Health Organisation, University of Calgary, VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Derner Institute of University of Adelphi

MARATONE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project that directly addresses the need for high-level training and career pathways in mental health to increase the inter-sectorial and trans-national employability of young scientists in the academic, public and private sectors to meet the enormous challenge of the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health. The Resolution set out recommendations for a comprehensive and integrated mental health strategy for Europe. MARATONE is designed to address the biggest challenge to implementing this ambitious strategy: the lack of training for career pathways for young scientists in multidisciplinary mental health research.

MARATONE is built on the innovative theoretical premise of “horizontal epidemiology”, the view that psychosocial difficulties associated with mental health disorders are not exclusively determined by the diagnosis of the particular disorder in a vertical, silo-like pattern but ‘horizontally’ in a manner that reflects commonalities in the lived experience of people with diverse mental health problems.

Grounded in this theoretical foundation, MARATONE’s multidisciplinary network of partners will collaboratively develop methodologies for measuring the individual and social impact of mental health disorders, so as to create strategies for the social and private sector responses to mental ill health in the form of health promotion and prevention programmes, and at the national level, strategies for human rights protections in policies and programming. The consortium will provide young researchers with scientific expertise in mental health, as well as basic technical and communication skills, including research development and management, international human rights commitments, and commercial exploitation and dissemination.

The scientific dimension of MARATONE is composed of four research topics, which reflect the priority areas set out in the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health: Mental health epidemiology across the life span; depression and delibrate self-harm; mental health and well-being in workplace settings; and human rights and combating stigma and social exclusion.

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