Our projects and research aims to change our understanding of mental health problems and improve the short and long term future of the nation's mental wellbeing.
We work across the full interconnected spectrum of severe mental illness, public mental health, happiness and wellbeing. Our research doesn't sit on dusty bookshelves - it's out there supporting practical solutions and changing minds.
Aegon UK: modular, experience-based training
The Mental Health Foundation worked in partnership with Aegon UK’s HR and professional development teams.
We wanted to find out how the generation of people currently aged 55 to 65 can protect their mental health and wellbeing as they get older.
The Amaan project raised awareness of the mental health needs of asylum-seeking and refugee women in Glasgow
Aye Mind Toolkit
The Aye Mind Toolkit assists youth workers in using digital approaches to approach youth mental health
Babies in Mind
Our early intervention project in Sutton aims to support families through pregnancy and the early years of childhood.
Dementia and Truth-telling
We are supporting a major new inquiry into our understanding of some of the most challenging and distressing symptoms of dementia.
Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project
Exploring, supporting, promoting and celebrating groups and projects led by or actively involving people with dementia.
Dementia Self-Help Project
We are co-ordinating the formation, facilitation and evaluation of three self-help, peer-support groups for people with dementia (or suspected dementia) in extra care and sheltered housing schemes across London.
Evaluation of an integrated residential model for people with complex needs
A residential model of support for people with complex needs.
Evaluation of Mental Capacity Assessment in England and Wales
This study evaluated the Mental Capacity Act, which came into force in 2007 to support vulnerable people to make decisions for themselves whenever and as far as possible and to protect these individuals and those who care for them when decisions have to be made on their behalf.
Evaluation of the Choice and Partnership Approach in Child and Adolescent MH Services in England
We evaluated how the Choice and Partnership ApproachÂ was implemented by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services teams across England. The research team collected information through a combination of surveys and interviews.
Evaluation of the National Involvement Partnership
Service user led organisations play a vital role in allowing people with mental health problems to support each other in taking control of their own lives and finding a road to recovery. This report presents the findings of an independent evaluation which aimed to ascertain the level of mental health service user and carer involvement in policy and practice within the Department of Health. It also aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of NSUN in facilitating service user and carer involvement. Download the report
Future Pathways supports people who have experienced abuse or neglect in care in Scotland
Honest Open Proud
Honest Open Proud teaches people safe ways to talk about their experiences with mental illness
Improving Access to Mental Health Services for People with Learning Disabilities
In line with the Government’s ‘No health without mental health’ strategy, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities was funded to find out about the barriers that make it difficult for people with learning disabilities to access mental health services and resources. We have worked for many years with people with learning disabilities and their families. They tell us that they do not get support to think about mental health or to talk about mental health problems in the same way as they do with physical health. We want to make it easier for people with learning disabilities and...
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for people with learning disabilities
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) has been a Government initiative since 2010. IAPT aims to improve people’s access to psychological therapies through the NHS. People with learning disabilities have, in the past, not been seen as being ‘able to benefit' from talking therapies as a treatment for mental health conditions, and we want to change that. We are working in partnership with King's College London on a project to try to understand how psychological therapy services can be tailored to better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, so that they can access...
Inciting Dialogue and Disruption in Dementia
We are providing support, involvement of people with dementia and publicity for this project, which is led by Edinburgh University. It involves active participation by people with dementia in research methodologies and reviewing data collected from another dementia research project. The 18-month project began in February 2015.
Learning for Life: Adult Learning, Mental Health and Well-Being
Image courtesy of Carlene Byland Learning and education can affect mental health and wellbeing. A partnership between Northamptonshire Teaching Primary Care Trust and Northampton County Council Adult Learning Service resulted in the Learn 2b programme; a series of community based adult learning courses for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The courses were structured around the themes of: Wellbeing, including stress management and confidence building Creative expression, including creative writing, painting, drawing and card making Healthy living, including healthy eating,...
Learning the Lessons
A national evaluation of community-based services for people with interpersonal problems. This was a 24-month study funded by the Department of Health to evaluate 11 pilot services for people with interpersonal problems, inÂ collaboration with Imperial College London, University College London, the Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Liverpool. Â The study comprised of four research modules: an organisational evaluation a cohort study a user-led evaluation a Delphi Study The Mental Health Foundation was responsible for the user-led module and is evaluating service quality from the...
Lifelines: Evaluation of Mental Health Helplines
Many mental health helplines in the UK offer services for people who experience mental health problems, their families, carers and professionals. This study aimed to establish the effectiveness of mental health helpline services as perceived by helpline callers, helpline staff, and health professionals. The results of this study were published in the Lifelines: Evaluation of mental health helplines report , showing that helplines provide an accessible means of support, particularly out-of-hours, when other services are unavailable. Helpline callers felt that contacting the helpline had...
Listen Up: Person-centred approaches to young people's mental health
In 2002, the Mental Health Foundation initiated the Youth Crisis Project. The first stage of the project, Youth Crisis 1, was a two-year consultation to find out from young people what they wanted from services when they were experiencing mental health problems. The consultation resulted in the creation of a 'wish list' for developing the ideal mental health service, including: fast-track access to treatment and care the opportunity for each young person to build a rapport with one person to guide them through services greater sensitivity from service professionals in times of crisis...
Lived Experience Research Collective
The Collective offers research skills, project management and community organisation facilitation
People who live with long term health conditions can be more vulnerable to mental health conditions. When mental and physical ill health are combined, a person's quality of life can be seriously affected. When we surveyed 500 people with a long term condition, more than one third were suffering with mild to severe anxiety or depression, and over a quarter reported feeling optimistic about the future, 'none of the time' or 'rarely'. In response to the need for better mental health support for people with long term conditions, the Living Better project set up five local reference groups in...
Mainstreaming Mental Health
We worked with local authorities in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Highland to develop and action aÂ learning programme to engage local authority and community planning staff to develop their capacity to promote mental health and encourage recovery. Local Authorities in Scotland have obligations in law both to promote mental health and to support those with mental health problems to access services like employment, education and leisure. We worked with departments such as housing, social work, education, community education, youth work and leisure services to connect those departments' work to mental...
Mapping dementia friendly communities across Europe
We are undertaking a project that aims to collect and disseminate information about dementia friendly communities and similar initiatives across Europe (including the UK).Â If you're involved in developing dementia friendly communities or similar initiatives at local, regional or national levels, w e would like to hear your views. Â Click here to take part in our survey . The survey closing date is 14 November 2014.
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities
We work to improve access to mental health services for people with learning disabilities.
Mental Health in Primary Care
In 2009/10 we conducted research with NHS Health Scotland to develop a course for primary care and community staff delivering Keep Well health checks . These health checks are offered to 45-65 year olds in deprived communities, with a view to connecting with people who don't often access primary care because of their economic or social situation (social determinants). The health checks aim to reduce health inequalities by aiding early diagnosis of long term conditions,Â and providing the opportunity to get support to give up smoking , lose weight,Â and discuss health and wellbeing. We built a...
Moving Minds is a one-year project that involves employing and supporting five people as part-time researchers - each of them have experience of long term mental health conditions and living in a low income area or being an asylum seeker or refugee. The research team seeks to further understand what enables and hinders effective self management for people with long term mental health conditions who experience an additional disadvantage due to area deprivation and/or experiencing the asylum process. The project concludes this year (2011) and will produce a number of outputs including: An...
Moving On to Secondary School
The move from primary to secondary education can be stressful for any young person, but those with learning disabilities or other special educational needs (SEN) are under even greater stress. This is because primary schools offer more predictability, usually with the same teacher and classroom throughout the year. The move to secondary school brings a lot of changes - different classrooms and different teachers for each subject, larger buildings spread over a campus, new travel arrangements and coping with support from unfamiliar teaching assistants. If the transition between primary school...
Moving On Up
There is a substantial body of evidence to show that physical exercise is an effective treatment for people with mild to moderate depression. In 2005 Mental Health Foundation published the report Up and Running? which highlighted the need to promote exercise therapy for mild to moderate depression as a realistic and readily available tool for GPs and a genuine option that patients could both understand and choose for themselves. In 2006, Mental Health Foundation received some funding from the Department of Health to support and evaluate a small number of exercise referral schemes across the...
Mums and Babies in Mind
Improving the quality of life and services available for mothers with mental health problems during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
MyCare: The Challenges Facing Young Carers of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness
The project was established by the Mental Health Foundation in association with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, to uncover the views of young carers, service workers and professionals from a variety of interconnected disciplines. The main aims of the project are to explore: the needs of young people who care for a parent or parents with severe mental illness; the factors that offer these young people a chance to build resilience against mental ill health; how staff and services could best support these young carers. We reviewed past research on the topic, and then completed interviews...
For young people aged between 10 and 18 who are either in care or have been in care.
Online mindfulness training in the workplace
Our online mindfulness course, Be Mindful, is currently used in organisational settings with outstanding results.
Patient Relevant Outcome Measures for use In Systematic Evaluation
This project aimed to find out which outcomes service users felt were most important to measure when evaluating the success of interventions. We interviewed people with a diagnoses of depressive disorder, bipolar, or schizophrenia. We used nominal group techniques and Â asked service users to rate a series of psychometric scales, which were commonly used in evaluating the effectiveness of mental health interventions. The findings reveal that service users should be more involved in research and should be asked what they feel is working for them; many participants felt that research was often...
Peer Education Project (PEP)
Our innovative school-based project sees older pupils deliver mental health lessons to younger pupils, with the aim of creating more understanding and eradicating stigma.
Peer Potential (Self-Directed Support)
Peer Potential addresses the capacity of the mental health third sector to support self-directed support
Re:Connect and Time and Space
Re:Connect and Time and Space are unique peer support projects established for mental health carers
Recovery & Resilience
This project explored the concept of recovery from the perspectives of Black and Minority Ethnic women through one-to-one interviews. Recent research has indicated that people from black and minority ethnic communities experience unnecessary compulsory and coercive treatment within mental health services, with evidence also showing that many people have experienced racism and discrimination within and outside of these services. WeÂ interviewed twenty seven women from African, African-Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds to explore their individual experiences of distress and recovery within...
Rights, disability and dementia
We have been commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for work around rights, disability and dementia. We will produce a policy discussion paper and convene a roundtable event to discuss the paper aimed at developing a greater awareness and understanding of conceptualising dementia in terms of the social model of disability and a rights based approach in England but taking learning from other countries where relevant. The paper will be publicly available in April 2015.
See Me (Research and Learning)
See Me is Scotland's programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination
See Me in work and the power of OK
As a management partner of Scottish anti-stigma programme See Me we have been involved from the start in the development of a focused, lived experience led approach to stigma and discrimination at work. The See Me in Work Programme will support and enable workplaces in Scotland to address mental health stigma and discrimination. It will encourage employers to create a work environment where staff feel safe and able to talk openly about mental health and support employees experiencing mental health issues to access their rights. See Me can provide support for workplaces in Scotland to develop...
Self-Help and Isolation
We will set up and facilitate almost 30 groups with for older people in extra care and sheltered accommodation who experience loneliness because of dementia, mental health problems or learning disabilities. The groups will therefore be inclusive of a rage of needs with a strong focus on co-production, active participation, self-help and peers support. This work builds on the success of the self-help for people with dementia project and we have secured Â£300,000 from the Big Lottery to continue and expand this project across the south east of England, working with our project partner Housing...
Self-management in Parc Prison
This project runs self-management courses on mental health for inmates of the UK prison environment at Parc men's Prison.
Self-help and peer-support groups for older people who are lonely and socially isolated.
The Homeless Mentally Ill Intitiative: a revisit
Evaluating the Homeless Mentally Ill Inititiative (HMII), launched in 1990 by the Department of Health.
Unum: Developing prevention in workplaces
We join forces to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace.
Voices of Experience
VOX is Scotland’s only national mental health advocacy organisation run by service users for service users.
Work in Tune with Life
This pan-EuropeanÂ initiativeÂ aims to promote mental health in workplaces In the 21st century the mental health and well-being of employees is crucial to the success of an organisation. But how should an employer start to address mental health issues in the workplace? And what activities and policies do they need to set in place? This Pan-European initiative aims to: Increase the awareness of companies and the general public about the needs and benefits of mental health promotion at workÂ Attract companies to take part in the campaign and to convince them that investments in workplace mental...
Young Mums Together
Peer support groups for young parents and their children, designed to enhance young mothers’ life chances and promote maternal mental health and wellbeing.