Policy Support & Consultancy

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We work closely with UK and foreign governments as well as national agencies and funders to help them develop mental health strategy and policy. We advise on priorities and opportunities for service commissioning and development and we have the skills to evaluate the impact of national implementation.

Our work covers all aspects of mental health such as: 

  • Public mental health and mental health promotion
  • Early intervention and evidence-based support
  • The specific needs of children and young people, and people in later life
  • Integrated care
  • Effective service user involvement
  • The impact of inequalities
  • Mental health legislation
  • Funding priorities

We are leaders in the field of mental health policy. Our products range from a single lecture, training day or expert seminar on key policy issues through to supporting major policy and strategy work.
We have experience of working nationally, regionally and internationally – often in partnership with the World Health Organisation and European Union.

We’re currently working with the Welsh government on their new mental health strategy and implementation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure, as well as the Scottish Government to support the development of the new national mental health strategy. We continue to remain engaged with the implementation of England’s new mental health strategy.

Please contact Emily Wooster (ewooster@mentalhealth.org.uk) to find out how you can benefit from our world class policy support.

Related Information

About the Team

Our policy team is led by Policy Manager Emily Wooster.

Past Clients

Our past clients have inclued NHS Health Scotland, States of Guernsey, WHO Europe, Janssen-Cilag, NHS Appointments Commission, King’s College London and the Big Lottery Fund.

Case Studies

We helped the Big Lottery Fund undertake an analysis of voluntary and community sector support for people with mental health problems.

We developed national standards for Crisis Services with the Scottish government.

As one of the lead partners in the Anti Stigma Programme: European Network we analysed the policy drivers in operation across each of the participating 27 sites and researched the experiences of stakeholders in relation to their involvement in policy development in Scotland to inform a country specific policy brief.