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National Institute of Mental Health : Mission


Provides leadership at a national level on brain research, mental illness, and mental health. It plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of research, investigations, research training, and services research relating to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses, and supports basic research in related scientific areas.

Provides grants-in-aid to public and private institutions and individuals in fields related to its areas of interest, including research project, program project, and research center grants.

Conducts a diversified program of intramural and collaborative research in its own laboratories and clinics.

Provides contracts for the funding of research and research support projects in areas related to the brain, mental illness, and mental health.

In many years of work with animals as well as human subjects, NIMH researchers have advanced understanding of the brain and vastly expanded the capability of mental health professionals to diagnose, treat, and prevent mental and brain disorders.

The institute also conducts information and educational activities, including the dissemination of information and educational materials on mental illness, for health professionals and the lay public, and maintains relationships with professional associations international, national, and state and local officials and voluntary agencies and organizations working in the areas of mental health and mental illness.


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