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.

Risk to pandemic recovery due to nursing shortages

Press release
9 December 2020

A new report published today by the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre raise concerns that the nursing shortfalls, together with the backlog in routine care and growing need for health care, is likely to...

Understanding the impacts of income and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on inequalities in mental health: a microsimulation model

Research project

Research to assess the potential impact of economic and welfare policy responses to COVID-19 on mental health and mental health inequalities, including who is impacted the most and what the likely con...

Ethnic inequalities in mortality and service use in people with mental disorders and multi-morbidities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research project

A project to explore whether COVID-19 has exacerbated ethnic health inequalities in adults with mental health disorders and physical health multi-morbidities.

Survey presents a worrying picture of children's and young people’s mental health

Press release
22 October 2020

Health Foundation response to NHS Digital’s survey on the mental health of children and young people in England.

Emerging evidence of COVID-19’s unequal mental health impacts on health and social care staff

31 July 2020

As we begin to take stock of the unprecedented impact of the pandemic so far, we explore the mental health impacts on health and social care staff in the UK and what has been driving these.

How are changes to employment and finances impacting mental health during lockdown?

26 June 2020

We explore how changes in people’s employment and financial circumstances affected their mental health during the early part of the UK's lockdown.

Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on mental health and health inequalities

18 June 2020

We explore the impact of the pandemic on mental health and how some groups are affected more than others.

Event: We like phones more than people

16 April 2020

In line with the latest government advice to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we are postponing this event, but hope to rearrange the event for later in the year.

In deprived areas, patients referred for psychological therapy are less likely to receive treatment

28 January 2020

January 2020 Chart of the month. Patients in deprived areas referred to IAPT services are less likely to receive a course of treatment than those in wealthier areas.  

Making FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders) a national and international model

Improvement project

This project will continue the successful scale up of the FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders) programme, which has been shown to reduce treatment waiting times and the ...

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