Good mental health is essential for a flourishing society and yet mental health services are not always given the same priority or funding as physical health services. The Health Foundation funds a wide range of projects that support improvements in mental health services and transform the models and approaches used to deliver care, making them more integrated and person-centred.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Which is most important for good mental health: paid work, avoiding poverty or money itself?

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17 November 2021

Researchers from the University of Glasgow use longitudinal data to study the relationship between changes in employment, income, poverty and mental health.

Research reveals devastating and lasting impact of the pandemic on those asked to shield

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20 October 2021

Health Foundation statement on Networked Data Lab research surrounding clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people. 

Fairer foundations: How has the pandemic affected young people’s mental health?

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27 May 2021

This infographic highlights the unequal mental health effects of the pandemic among young people.  

Inside the teen mind: what’s happening to mental health?

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22 May 2021

Episode 8. What changes in day-to-day life are affecting the mental health of today’s young people?

Insuring against insecurity – how the pandemic has shown the need for social security reform

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18 May 2021

Many people who experienced severe financial strain during the pandemic were not eligible to claim Universal Credit. What changes to the social security system would help public health?

Latest data highlights a growing mental health crisis in the UK

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5 May 2021

Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation, responds to the latest ONS data release on coronavirus and depression.

The unequal mental health toll of the pandemic

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28 April 2021

The pandemic has taught us the importance of putting lived experience expertise at the heart of mental health services and support, writes Dr Vanessa Pinfold.

Reconditioning the benefits system for a stronger COVID-19 recovery

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20 April 2021

How can the benefits system support the nation’s health? Research into Universal Credit uptake during the pandemic provides some clues.

Unemployment and mental health

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Analysis from our healthy lives team shows it’s vital for policymakers to act upstream in tackling unemployment and mental health together as part of the nation’s COVID-19 recovery.

Over 200,000 more people are at risk of poor mental health this year due to unemployment

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16 April 2021

New analysis by the Health Foundation estimates that over 200,000 more people are at risk of poor mental health this year due to unemployment.  

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