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National Institutes of Health

About NIMH

NIMH Vision

NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.

NIMH Mission

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

In support of this mission, NIMH will generate research and promote research training to fulfill the following four objectives:

To reach these goals, the NIMH divisions and programs are designed to emphasize translational research spanning bench, to bedside, to practice. For targeted priorities and funding initiatives, please visit our division websites

Director's Corner

Director's Updates, Institute news, articles, and links of interest from NIMH Director, Dr. Thomas Insel


Activities and focus of NIMH offices, divisions, branches, and programs

Strategic Planning Reports

Priorities and strategic plans for achieving the NIMH mission

Advisory Boards & Groups

The National Advisory Mental Health Council, Board of Science Counselors, and Peer Review Committees

Connect with NIMH

Employment opportunities, contact information, directions, directories, and Gift Fund contributions


Annual budget requests to Congress for research funding