The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.
To transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
About the Director
Learn more about the Director of the NIMH, Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and read his Director’s Messages, where he discusses NIMH priorities and future directions in mental health research.
Advisory Boards and Groups
Read about the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), and peer review committees that advise and provide guidance to the Institute.
The NIMH Strategic Plan for Research is a broad roadmap for the Institute’s research priorities over the next five years. Learn more about NIMH’s commitment to accelerating the pace of scientific progress and transforming mental health care.
Offices and Divisions
Learn more about the functions of each NIMH office and division, and how they work together to build and support a comprehensive mental health research agenda.
Read the annual NIMH Congressional Justifications, which provide the Senate and House Appropriations Committees with estimates and justifications for NIMH research and research support activities.
Careers at NIMH
Search for jobs, including scientific, administrative and executive careers at NIMH.
Find the names, telephone numbers, email addresses, and office locations of NIMH staff.
Getting to NIMH
Find directions, maps, parking information, and other visitor information for NIMH headquarters at the Neuroscience Center Building and locations on NIH’s campus.