Our work

We work towards good mental health for all and as everyone knows, prevention is better than cure. Everything we do is focused on protecting people's mental health.

Our work involves rigorous research, and practical projects to identify what's most helpful, public information that empowers people to look after their mental health and influencing work to move policies in the right direction.

We know that some communities are at higher risk of mental health problems, which is due to the social, economic, and environmental circumstances that they find themselves in. Much of our work is to challenge these mental health inequalities by helping those at the greatest risk.

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Programmes

We test and evaluate the best approaches to improving mental health in communities across the UK and then roll them out as widely as possible.

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Research

We publish studies and reports on what protects mental health as well as the causes of poor mental health and how to tackle them.

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Policy and advocacy

We propose solutions and call on national and local government for change to address the causes of poor mental health and enhance things known to protect it.

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Public engagement

We offer the public evidence-based, free information to help them look after their own and their loved ones’ mental health. We are also the home of Mental Health Awareness Week.

What prevention means and how it can help

There are lots of things that influence our mental health, such as our own history and social circumstances.

While it isn’t possible to stop all mental ill-health from developing, many mental health problems can be prevented with the right approach.

Learn more about prevention and mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic and mental health

COVID-19 research

Throughout the pandemic we have led a UK-wide study of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people’s mental health.

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Read about our COVID-19 research

COVID-19 resources

We shared tips and advice to help the nation look after their mental health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Browse our COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 Response Programme

Our Covid Response Programme aims to deliver targeted support to those whose mental health has been affected by the pandemic.

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Find out about our COVID-19 Response Programme

Mental Health at Work

Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it's the leading cause of sickness absence from work or school. Mental Health at Work is a subsidiary of the Mental Health Foundation, which provides custom mental health programmes for organisations of all sizes. These programmes focus on making mental health conversations part of our everyday working life.
Visit the Mental Health at Work website
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