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

Referrer support – Read how researchers based at UCLPartners and at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families are investigating possible interventions to support young people while they are waiting for clinical mental health support, so they don’t have to reach the front of the waiting list before their recovery can begin.

i-THRIVE – Read how i-THRIVE is building capacity across the children’s workforce to help identify the mental health needs of vulnerable children and young people and their families.