Philanthropy and major gifts

Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all.

Our mission is to help people to thrive through understanding, protecting and sustaining their mental health.

To affect real change in mental health policy and research, we need long-term investment to ensure we can find the interventions and prevention strategies that work.

How we affect change


We deliver and run ground-breaking evidence and practice-informed programmes, giving us the expertise to share what works.

Raising public awareness

We help by offering straightforward information and tools for everyone.

Sharing the evidence

We produce authoritative reports and evidence used by government and the media.


We influence policy makers and advocate for change.

This work is delivered thanks to the backing of our supporters. Our ambition is to be more than a charity. If we are to achieve good mental health for all, the Mental Health Foundation needs to connect to a wider movement. A movement of people who know the importance of mental health through their own experience and the experience of others.

How you can pledge your support

Annual contribution

We ask that supporters give a suggested annual gift of £5,000, which will be allocated to a project on your behalf.

Fully fund a project or resource

Some projects or resources require significant funding. With your help we can get them off the ground.

The scale of the challenge

Addressing the problem

a. Identify need.

b. Assess feasibility.

c. Source funding

Case study - Peer Education Project

Our young ambassadors Amber and Sophia - catalysts for the Peer Education Project

The Peer Education Project is one of our incredible major donor success stories. Catalysed through the work of the Friends of the Foundation and our young ambassadors, Amber and Sophia – the project aims to address the chronic lack of education on mental health for young people.

The project has had its pilot and phase two fully funded through the efforts of the Friends of the Foundation.

The Peer Education Project (PEP) teaches a co-produced curriculum aimed at equipping young people with the knowledge and understanding of stigma, mental wellbeing and the ways in which they can safeguard themselves and their peers.

By training Year 12s (16-17) to teach Year 7s (11-12), PEP’s aim is to bypass the walls many young people put up when being taught such nuanced, personal topics by adults detached from their personal experiences.

'I had never really realised the importance of maintaining good mental health. I now think this is a fundamental issue that must be encountered at a younger age.' - peer educator (year 12) involved in the Peer Education Project.


Join us

...and help create a world with better mental health for all.

With your help we can pioneer innovative, co-produced programmes informed by the people we are hoping to help. This is all to ensure that ours and the next generation are empowered with resilience and understanding to maintain good mental health.

If you'd like to find out more about how you can get involved. Please email [email protected] or call 020 7803 1121