Policy and advocacy in England

Mental health problems are common across the UK. But this doesn't need to be the case, as many mental health problems can be prevented.

Our policy and advocacy work calls on national and local government to reduce the factors known to pose a risk to people’s mental health, enhance those known to protect it and create the conditions needed for people to thrive. We want all parts of government – and all parts of our society – to recognise their role in preventing poor mental health and working together to address its root causes. This means that we also work with many other organisations and individuals to help achieve our advocacy objectives.

Within the Mental Health Foundation, we work with our Research and Programmes teams to find out what approaches work to prevent mental health problems. Our research increases our understanding of the causes of mental health problems and what can be done to prevent them. Our programmes test new approaches to improving people’s mental health in our communities, working especially with groups who are most at risk of developing mental health problems. The work of these teams, combined with other evidence and our wider collaborations, help us to create evidence-based calls for change.

Our work

Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan Consultation

In July 2022, we responded to a government consultation on their vision for a new, ten-year mental health and wellbeing plan.

Read the full consultation response

Loneliness policy briefing

In recent years, the governments around the UK have rightly recognised tackling loneliness as a priority for policy action.

Read the briefing

Tackling social inequalities to reduce mental health problems report

This report describes the extent of inequalities that contribute to poor mental health in the UK today.

Read the report

Mental Health and Nature Policy Briefing for England

This policy briefing begins by introducing the current context for the relationship between nature and mental health and an overview of the key issues, and then goes on to set out our detailed policy recommendations.

Read the briefing

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: Mental Health Fellowships

The WCMT funded individuals to travel abroad to learn more about how community-based solutions are being created in response to some of today’s most pressing mental health challenges.

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If you want to learn more about our policy and advocacy work, or are interested in working with us, you can contact the Policy team directly below.
Email the Policy team