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.

Unemployment and mental health

Long read

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

Press release
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.  

Emerging evidence on health inequalities and COVID-19: March 2021

8 March 2021

The COVID-19 impact inquiry team look at emerging evidence of the pandemic's impact on women and key workers, as well as the wider implications for people’s mental health and health inequalities.

Developing data analytics to improve how social care is monitored and understood for those with the worst outcomes

Research project

This project aims to improve the quality of social care for cohorts of people that experience the worst outcomes. Using detailed data analytics, it will investigate the efficacy and reach of care that...

The role of parental and child physical and mental health on behavioural and emotional adjustment in mid-childhood

Journal article
12 February 2021

Comparing the influence of parent and child mental and physical health between two generations of British children born 30 years apart.

Mental health and wellbeing for people receiving persistently lower pay during the pandemic

3 February 2021

Persistent decreases in pay can affect people’s long-term mental health and wellbeing, writes Alex Eastaugh.

America hurts

21 January 2021

Dr Jennifer Dixon reviews Case and Deaton's book 'Deaths of despair' and reflects on its implications not just for our understanding of health, but the economic and social story underpinning it.

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.

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