Are you interested in reducing the burden faced by many due to mental health concerns? Are you looking for collaborators to explore new dimensions of mental health research? Then the Mental Health Speed Networking event is the answer for you! Speed Networking is designed to help you meet new collaborators and brainstorm novel ideas leading to potential new avenues for your research and funding portfolio.

Mental illness is one of the great public health crises facing the nation today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “nearly one in five adults lives with mental illness (44.7 million in 2016)” affecting all age groups with younger adults (18-25) bearing the largest burden. Mental illness is one of many factors contributing to the increased suicide rate facing the nation today (suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999-2016).  Further, mental illness is associated with substance use and with the increased incidence of chronic diseases including obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Mental health issues and their spillover effects  are a vexing societal problem that will require multidisciplinary perspectives in developing new approaches to alleviating this burden on our communities. You are invited to participate in the speed networking event to meet others interested in pursuing solutions to this public health crisis on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 2:00 pm-4:30 pm in the Kelch Conference Room (1289 CBRB). The afternoon’s agenda follows:

  • 2:00-2:15 pm: Introduction
  • 2:15-4:00 pm: Speed Networking
  • 4:00-4:30 pm: Mix and Mingle (appetizers and refreshments provided)

Target audience: Researchers from all disciplines interested in mental health.

The Mental Health Speed Networking event aims to achieve the following:

  • Brainstorm potential multidisciplinary research collaborations around mental health related topics
  • Identify potential research partnerships
  • Identify potential funding sources for mental health research

***Due to overwhelming response, registration has been closed.***  Please contact the Research Development Office with questions ( 

Registration survey questions include:

  • Demographic Information 
  • What is your interest in mental health research?
  • What expertise are you looking for in a collaborator?
  • What expertise can you offer a research partner?
  • Upload a head shot and two-page CV or biosketch

Link to potential mental health funding sources (excel)


Sponsored by:
Office of Vice President for Research and Economic Development’s Research Development Office 
Carver College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development