About us

Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health.

Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all. With prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive. 

We will drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. 

The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Our approach  

We take a public mental health approach to prevention, finding solutions for individuals, those at risk and for society, in order to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing. 

    The practical things we do 

    • Community and peer programmes; we test and evaluate the best approaches to improving mental health in communities and then roll them out as widely as possible. 
    • Research; we publish studies and reports on what protects mental health and the causes of poor mental health and how to tackle them. 
    • Public engagement; we give advice to millions of people on mental health. We are most well known for running Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK each year. 
    • Advocacy; we propose solutions and campaign for change to address the underlying causes of poor mental health. 

    Read more about our work

    What we don’t do  

    • We are not an academic think tank or research institute. We generate and apply evidence in real world settings.  
    • We are not a mental health service provider for when people are unwell.  
    • We don't only focus on individual actions and steps - we look at both the personal and societal changes that can improve and protect everyone’s mental health. 
    Front cover of the 2020-2025 MHF strategy document
    Publication
    Mental Health Foundation Strategy 2020-2025: Making Prevention Happen
    Mental Health Foundation Strategy 2020-2025: Making Prevention Happen
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    Report
    Mental Health Foundation Impact Report 2020 - 2021
    Mental Health Foundation Impact Report 2020 - 2021
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    Report
    Annual reports
    Annual reports
    Illustrations of the Mental Health Foundation's values
    Our values
    Our values
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    Our history
    Our history
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    Our people
    Our people
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    Our commitments on race and diversity
    Our commitments on race and diversity
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    Partnerships and coalitions
    Partnerships and coalitions

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    TalkBack - our supporter magazine

    All our latest news, events, supporter stories, and programmes and campaigns updates.

    News

    Our latest press releases on our research, policy and programme work, and around all the issues affecting mental health.

    Mental Health at Work

    Mental health issues in the workplace impact employee engagement, productivity and reputation. Mental health is estimated to cost £1652 per employee per year.

    Mental Health at Work is a subsidiary of the Mental Health Foundation, supporting organisations to build capability around the mental health agenda through tailored mental health programmes, which encourage natural conversations about mental health as a part of everyday working life.
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