Nowadays one out of four persons will suffer from mental health problems at least once during their lifetime, and their worldwide incidence is continually growing, accounting for an important economic and social burden – even greater than that of other chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases or cancer. Furthermore, as affirmed by the WHO, Mental Health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, and not merely the absence of disease."
Thus, achieving mental health is a major public health challenge which requires of a multisectorial approach, including mental health promotion from birth to adulthood to senescence, in order to prevent mental pathology all along the lifespan of an individual.
Mental Health is and will continue to be in the future, a challenge for the European population and as such needs to be tackled from various fronts, including research. In this sense, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and its partner hospitals and research centres have the human resources and the capacities required to develop projects within this field, that may contribute to advance current knowledge, provide innovative solutions and work with and for society. The Strategic Research Community (CORE) project is born to effectively articulate such capacities. Generating and promoting networking, joining efforts and coordinating actions, transversally sharing resources and information will effectively boost research and innovation actions within the UAB Campus of Excellence and increase the transfer of results to both industry and society –in a field that is critical to the European society.