Mental health

Our mental health programme is addressing social determinants and consequences of mental illness and promoting the integration of mental and physical health.

Mental illness represents a quarter of the nation’s overall burden of disease, including avoidable premature death. It affects 17 percent of England’s adult population and 10 percent of children aged five to sixteen years. Annual direct NHS mental health expenditure is estimated at £14 billion with up to £100 billion total cost to the nation from mental illness. Despite the vast scale of the mental health problems facing the nation and available cost-effective interventions, only one-quarter of those with mental illness are receiving any form of treatment. We are drawing on our members’ world leadership in the field to focus on prevention, early identification and intervention.

Strategic objectives of the mental health programme are:

  • Prevention, identification and early intervention
  • Addressing social determinants and consequences of mental health problems (inequality, quality of life and recovery)
  • Better integration of the management of physical and mental illness

Our strategic objectives are delivered through five workstreams:

  1. Breaking down the barriers
  2. Dementia awareness training
  3. i-THRIVE
  4. Mental health in children and young people
  5. Practice nurse masterclasses