Our work

We work towards good mental health for all; as everyone knows, prevention is better than cure. Everything we do is focused on protecting people's mental health.

Our work involves rigorous research and practical projects to identify what's most helpful, public information that empowers people to look after their mental health and influencing work to move policies in the right direction.

We know that some communities are at higher risk of mental health problems due to the social, economic, and environmental circumstances they find themselves in. Much of our work challenges these mental health inequalities by helping those at the greatest risk.

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We test and evaluate the best approaches to improving mental health in communities across the UK and then roll them out as widely as possible.

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We publish studies and reports on what protects mental health as well as the causes of poor mental health and how to tackle them.

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Policy and advocacy

We propose solutions and call on national and local governments to change and address the causes of poor mental health and enhance things known to protect it.

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Public engagement

We offer the public evidence-based, free information to help them look after their own and their loved one's mental health. We are also the home of Mental Health Awareness Week.

What prevention means and how it can help

There are lots of things that influence our mental health, such as our history and social circumstances.

While it isn’t possible to stop all mental ill-health from developing, many mental health problems can be prevented with the right approach.

Learn more about prevention and mental health

Coronavirus and mental health

Read about our ground-breaking, UK-wide research study of how the pandemic affected people’s mental health, our Covid Response Programme which delivered targeted support for the more vulnerable groups in the UK, and tips and advice that we hope will help you, your friends, and your family to look after your mental health.
Find out more
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