Mental Health Foundation

Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity (Registered Charity No: 801130) that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Aims

The Mental Health Foundation aims to lead the way in helping ordinary people understand and manage their own mental health.

They aim to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems by:

  • learning what makes and keeps people mentally well
  • communicating our findings to a wide range of people
  • turning our research into practical solutions that make a difference to people’s livesStructureThe Mental Health Foundation is independent of any one stakeholder group, funder or way of looking at mental health and wellbeing.

    It does not provide direct services, and is not a membership organisation. More than 80% of its funding comes from private donations, rather than public money.

    The Mental Health Foundation works across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Their work covers children, adults of working age, and people in later life.

    Research

    The Mental Health Foundation research and evaluate different ways of helping people with mental health problems to find out which are the most useful, effective and popular. They also looks out for new ways of treating and caring for people with mental health problems.

    They tackle problems and issues which are often neglected, including good mental health and serious mental health problems, children and young people and people in later life. Much of their work applies to people of all age groups.

    Policy Work

    The Mental Health Foundation aims to influence, improve or change policy and legislation that affect people’s mental health and mental well-being, particularly where it is determined by Government.

    They also aim to influence, improve or change policy and legislation that affect:

    • people with mental health problems
    • carers of people with mental health problems
    • individuals and services that provide support, care and treatment.

    This is done by finding ways of presenting the policy implications from their research and development projects to Government and other important organisations. This includes:

    • having direct discussions with Government
    • public affairs work
    • campaigning work to influence and inform the media and general public.

    Improving services

    The Mental Health Foundation works to improve services for people with mental health problems.

    Some of their work focuses on specialist mental health services, but they often work in other settings – like schools, youth services, primary care and community organisations.

    They undertake a range of projects across the UK, covering many aspects of mental health and mental well-being.

    They tackle problems and issues which are often neglected, including good mental health and serious mental health problems, children and young people and people in later life. Much of their work applies to people of all age groups.

    Particular areas of current interest include:

    • Public Mental Health
    • Mental health and older people
    • Person centred approaches to care
    • Children and young people and mental health
    • Long term illness and mental health
    • Primary care

    Campaigning

    As an independent charity, their campaigns aim to:

    • push mental health up the political and social agenda
    • raise awareness of mental health issues in the media
    • work to influence civil servants and politicians at national level

    The Mental Health Foundation also incorporates the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

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