Mental health

One in four people in the UK is affected by a mental health problem


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.

Mind and body: inseparable twins

18 January 2019

Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation, reflects on the relationship between mental and physical health and the need for better integration of care.

It is time that our nation’s health is treated as an asset

Press release
22 November 2018

Health Foundation response to Health at a Glance Europe 2018 report.

A new collaboration with Mind

17 October 2018

In her latest blog, Tracy Webb announces the Q Improvement Lab’s latest project, in collaboration with Mind.

Simulation modelling in mental health services

Improvement project

This project will involve increasing mental health analytic capacity and capability to allow better understanding of the problems faced by people accessing services, and to improve planning and delive...

Mental health and well-being trends among children and young people in the UK, 1995–2014

Journal article
1 September 2018

There is a growing concern about the mental health of children and young people in the UK, with increasing demand for counselling services, admissions for self-harm and referrals to mental health serv...

Mental health and young people

Consultation response
August 2018

Our response to children and young people's mental health green paper consultation.

Causal effects of alcohol and mental health problems on employment outcomes: Harnessing UK Biobank and linked administrative data

Research project

This project will assess the causal effects of alcohol consumption and depression on social and economic outcomes, including employment, receipt of welfare benefits and income

Using predictive analysis to prevent mental health crisis

Improvement project

This project will pilot a new risk stratification model that aims to help clinicians prevent mental health patients from needing urgent hospital care.

Bad housing leads to bad health

29 January 2018

Over the past 5 years of my life, I have been a renter. My experience of living in rented accommodation has not often been great. Mould, damp, cramped conditions and absentee landlords aren’t unusual....

Co-production: Everybody’s talking about it, but am I really doing it?

10 October 2017

On World Mental Health Day, it’s timely to reflect on how mental health services are changing.

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