We work to develop evidence-based mental health policies to help to create a society in which everyone can enjoy good mental health.
We advocate for a preventative approach to mental health problems, so our policy development takes a cross-government approach, targeting the root causes of mental ill-health. Our Policy and Public Affairs team works closely with our Research and Programmes teams, taking forward what we learn from these areas.
Reports and Projects
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: Mental Health Fellowships
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust runs a unique programme of research grants that support UK citizens.
Health inequalities manifesto 201813 March 2018
To achieve a world with good mental health for all, we must tackle huge inequalities. Here are our key priorities for doing this.
Loneliness: the public health challenge of our time12 December 2017
A policy briefing by the Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland outlining the scale of the problem and 12 key policy recommendations to challenge it.
Health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood22 February 2017
This is the report of the systematic overview titled ‘Health, Happiness and Wellbeing in the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood: A Systematic Overview of Population Level Interventions’. It is one of two linked reviews commissioned by The RSE Scotland Foundation.
Our ageing population: thinking differently about the type of care and support older people are given
Thinking differently about the type of care and support older people are given to help protect their mental health and reduce loneliness and isolation,
How mental health days could improve the UK's mental health
We're calling for at least two 'mental health days' for every public sector worker to help manage their mental health. Here's why...
Our response to public health funding announcement20 December 2018
We respond to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Heath and Primary Care’s statement on public health allocations for 2018-19.
Our response to the 2017 Autumn Budget22 November 2017
The Mental Health Foundation responds to Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Autumn Budget.
Cancer patients left to cope with mental health problems alone11 April 2018
Press release for the new report that outlines the negative mental health impacts of cancer, how effective support can be delivered, the barriers to support and the unmet mental health support needs, and recommendations for change.