MARATONE (Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe)


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 programs, 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:

  • Topic 1: Mental Health Epidemiology Across The Life Span
  • Topic 2: Depression And Deliberate Self-Harm
  • Topic 3: Mental Health And Well-Being In Workplace Settings
  • Topic 4: Human Rights And Combating Stigma And Social Exclusion

Maratone is an EU-funded project over 4 years coordinated by the University of Southampton (SOTON), Southampton, United Kingdom. Full Network Partners are the Consorcio Ciber Para El Area Tematica De Salud Mental (CIBERSAM), Madrid, Spain, Fondazione Irccs Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta (INNCB), Milano, Italy, Instytut Psychiatrii I Neurologii (IPN), Warszawa, Poland, King's College London (KCL), London, United Kingdom, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany, London School Of Economics And Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom, National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), Cork, Ireland, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan De Deu (PSSJD), Barcelona, Spain, SIEMENS AG (SIEMENS), Munich, Germany, Schweizer Paraplegiker–Forschung AG (SPF), Nottwil, Switzerland, Universitaet Leipzig (UoL), Leipzig, Germany and Oulun Yliopisto (UOulu), Oulu, Finland.

Associate partners are CF Consulting Finanziamenti Unione Europea S.r.l. (CFc), Milan, Italy, European Alliance Against Depression e.V. (EAAD), Leipzig, Germany, European Brain Council (EBC), Bruxelles, Belgium and Federació Catalana D'associacions De Familiars De Malalts Mentals (FECAFAMM), Barcelona, Spain.

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