General election 2017: our priorities

The Mental Health Foundation’s ethos is collaboration: we recognise the importance of a collective voice to advocate for meaningful change in people’s lives. We are a member of policy and research partnerships across the UK.

In England, we have signed up to manifestos from the Mental Health Policy Group, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Alliance for Mental Health Research Funders and the We Need To Talk Coalition.  At every age and stage of life, and particularly at times of transition and pressure, the Government must do more to prevent people and communities at risk from developing mental health problems, and intervene far earlier when people become unwell. 

Mental Health Foundation calls on political parties to:

  • prioritise mental health across all public policies and services 
  • invest in upstream, evidenced based and equality-focused approaches that support individuals, families and communities 
  • secure fair funding for a broad vision of mental health research
  • promote the innovative use of digital technologies for mental health.

The manifestos we've signed up to

Mental Health Policy Group

We joined a number of influential mental health organisations to produce A manifesto for better mental health.

Download the manifesto

Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition

Along with colleagues from across the mental health and charity sector, we have signed the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition's Manifesto to Improve Children and Young People's Mental Health.

Download the manifesto

Alliance for Mental Health Research Funders

We're committed to securing fair funding for mental health research, so have signed a letter from the Alliance for Mental Health Research Funders calling for parity of esteem.

Download the manifesto

We Need To Talk

Along with fellow mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service users, we've signed We Need To Talk's manifesto, calling for more psychological therapy.

Download the manifesto