About mental health Mental Health Foundation

Having good mental health makes life easier. It helps us to calm and comfort ourselves when we’re upset, to cope with the losses, changes, fears and uncertainties in life, to make and keep good relationships with other people and to learn. Having good mental health does not mean feeling good all the time. We all have our downs and ups.

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Prevention and mental health Mental Health Foundation

Our report on prevention and mental health looks at the societal changes that will make the biggest difference to everyone’s mental health, namely: helping parents to nurture their children. protecting children from trauma. educating young people to understand and manage their emotions. supporting people under a lot of stress at work.

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Articles Mental Health Foundation

Articles. Our articles talk about body image, male mental health, supporting someone who is struggling with their mental health, kindness, and many more topics around mental health. These articles aim to give you tips and advice on how to look after your mental health or how to help others with theirs.

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Explore mental health

Explore some of our content, designed to provide you with more information about mental health, how to look after your mental health and prevention, and lots of resources including videos, podcasts, and inspiring stories and where you can go to …

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A-Z Topics Mental Health Foundation

Physical activity and mental health. Physical activity can improve your mental wellbeing. Being physically active means moving your body and working your muscles: for example, by walking, running, dancing, swimming, doing yoga or gardening.

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Our best mental health tips

Get closer to nature. Learn to understand and manage your feelings. Talk to someone you trust for support. Be aware of using drugs and/or alcohol to cope with difficult feelings. Try to make the most of your money and get help with debt problems. Get more from your sleep. Be kind and help create a better world. Keep moving.

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Diet and mental health Mental Health Foundation

Your brain needs healthy fats to keep working well. They ’ re found in things such as olive oil, rapeseed oil, nuts, seeds, oily fish, avocados, milk and eggs. Avoid trans fats – often found in processed or packaged foods – as they can be bad for your mood and your heart health. Include more wholegrains, fruits and vegetables in your diet.

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Drugs and mental health Mental Health Foundation

If you have a mental health diagnosis, you may use drugs to help you cope with the symptoms. Drugs can act as a temporary prop to get you through difficult times. However, drugs can make difficult feelings and emotions even worse. And in the long term, any feelings of relief won’t last. You may find yourself using more and more drugs to deal

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Medication for mental health problems

There are four main types of medication for mental health problems. Anti-anxiety drugs – to help you feel calm, or get to sleep if you have severe insomnia. Antidepressants – usually for moderate to severe depression. Anti-psychotics – to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychosis, and sometimes severe

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How to support someone with a mental health problem

Specialist mental health services. There are a number of specialist services that provide various treatments, including counselling and other talking treatments. Often these different services are coordinated by a community mental health team (CMHT), which is usually based either at a hospital or a local community mental health centre.

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Body image and mental health Mental Health Foundation

Discover our research, tips and stories surrounding body image and mental health below, including our Mind Over Mirror campaign. Mind Over Mirror. Our 2021 campaign focusing on the impact that body image can have on mental health, Mind Over Mirror has been co-created with young people, parents and adults who experience body image concerns.

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Stigma and discrimination Mental Health Foundation

Mental health problems are common, affecting thousands of us in the UK. Despite this, there is still a strong stigma (negative attitude) around mental health. People with mental health problems can also experience discrimination (negative treatment) in all aspects of their lives. This stigma and discrimination makes many people’s problems worse.

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Our work on men’s mental health Mental Health Foundation

The Becoming A Man Programme is mental wellbeing intervention that aims to support young men’s personal development taking into account their lived experience and the often difficult environments they must navigate. It is aimed at young people aged 13 to 17. The programme is delivered in partnership with Black Thrive and Colourful Minds.

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Mental health Mental Health Foundation

Children and young people with learning disabilities are much more likely to live in poverty, to have few friends and to have additional long term health problems and disabilities such as epilepsy and sensory impairments. All of these factors are positively associated with mental health problems.

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Programmes in Wales

We create innovative wellbeing projects with others as ‘Learning Partners’. With them, we try to figure out ways to prevent mental ill health with a particular focus on addressing inequalities. We are a ‘critical friend’, as we listen to organisations to support their learning around wellbeing and highlight the impact they have on staff

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LGBTIQ+ people: statistics Mental Health Foundation

Mental health problems such as depression, self-harm, alcohol and drug abuse and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, but they’re more common among people who are LGBTIQ+. Being LGBTIQ+ doesn’t cause these problems. But some things LGBTIQ+ people go through can affect their mental health, such as discrimination, homophobia or transphobia

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan Consultation – England

A chance to prioritise prevention in our approach to tackling mental health problems in England. In July 2022, we responded to a government consultation on their vision for a new, ten-year mental health and wellbeing plan.. Our response draws on our prevention-focused policy work over recent years and was informed by input from our programmes beneficiaries, members of …

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Arts and mental health in Wales Mental Health Foundation

We are also developing work on men’s mental health in a large industrial setting in South Wales, and with a Further Education college, working with staff and students. If you are interested in our Arts Programme in Wales, please contact Mark Smith, Arts Programme Officer on the email below or on 02922 749725.

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Mental Health Foundation Strategy 2020-2025: Making Prevention …

The unacceptably high level of mental ill-health is the public health challenge of our time. We know the scale of the problem. In the UK, one in six adults and one in eight 5-19 year-olds meet the criteria for a common mental health problem every week. Suicide is the leading killer of men and women between the ages of 15-35.

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