Latest news and press releases from the Mental Health Foundation.
Dementia Third Greatest Killer in the UK Study Shows
18 December 2014, 12:25 pm
A Guardian article has revealed that a survey carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK show that dementia if now third greatest killer in UK.
Big Lottery funding awarded to scale up Young Mums’ Project in 2015
17 December 2014, 4:41 pm
Big Lottery funding awarded to grow the Young Mums’ Project for March 2015 in the London boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Haringey.
Isabella Goldie featured on BBC 1’s Operation: Meet the Street
15 December 2014, 11:45 am
This week sees BBC 1’s James Martin host a five-part series called Operation: Meet the Street, featuring our Director of Development and Delivery, Isabella Goldie.
21 November 2014, 4:07 pm
Today we hosted a young person from our My Life My Future project as part of National Takeover Day
Hard-hitting Report Calls for Better Mental Health Services for Children and Young People
5 November 2014, 5:48 pm
Commons Health Committee criticises children and young people’s mental health services. The Mental Health Foundation welcomes the report and its call for improvement to services as well as ensuring mental health is part of the education curriculum.
Local authorities must invest in public mental health
28 October 2014, 4:34 pm
Following a Freedom of Information request, Mind discovered that local authorities’ spending on public mental health is only 1.4% of their public health spending.
Power to the Youth: Commissioning Better Services for Young People
28 October 2014, 2:25 pm
This third in the series of “How to…” guides from the Right Here programme focuses on commissioning services for young people focuses on better mental health and well being.
Isabella Goldie moves to become our new Director of Development and Delivery
27 October 2014, 10:00 am
Goldie will be responsible for the Foundation’s research and policy programmes as well as developing new areas.
Prevention and localism feature in landmark NHS plan
23 October 2014, 3:43 pm
We’re positive about what a new plan proposing a way to save our healthcare system in the UK says.
Crucial to prioritise infant and parental mental health
20 October 2014, 12:45 pm
We endorse a new report that calls for more investment in perinatal mental health.
Mindfulness works in Rotherham, Doncaster, Lincolnshire and Manchester!
16 October 2014, 4:46 pm
An NHS trust has been providing patients with access to our online mindfulness course as an intervention for depression and anxiety.
Innovation Labs events to run in Scotland
16 October 2014, 12:00 pm
The events will take place on 25 October and 22 November in Edinburgh and we’re looking to recruit young people with long term physical health conditions.
World Mental Health Day at City Hall
10 October 2014, 2:45 pm
Mental Health Foundation with Victoria Borwick, Sophia Parvizi-Wayne and Amber Van Damat City Hall on World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day 2014 – Living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia
10 October 2014, 12:01 am
We call for early intervention and holistic treatment for people living with schizophrenia this World Mental Health Day.
New plan offers better access to services
8 October 2014, 12:09 am
We welcome the plan to invest to ensure that people have better access to help for their mental health when they need it, with clear waiting time standards.
Prioritising mental health research at the 2015 election
3 October 2014, 12:00 pm
Today we launch our manifesto setting out what political parties can do to make mental health research a priority during the General Election 2015 and in government.
Self-management and peer-support intervention in Wales wins best practice award
19 September 2014, 3:31 pm
Our ground-breaking self-management project – the first initiative of its kind and on a scale not seen within the UK – has been won a Good Practice Award from Public Health Wales.
The provision of talking therapies is a post code lottery
17 September 2014, 12:15 pm
Today’s release of the national statistics from HSCIC reinforces the We Need To Talk coalition’s message.
Major inquiry will examine ways of reframing the understanding of dementia symptoms
16 September 2014, 11:00 am
Today we are launching an 18 month inquiry to investigate ways of reframing the understanding of some of the most challenging and distressing symptoms of dementia.
Help us make life better for people with dementia
10 September 2014, 4:06 pm
We are working hard to support people with dementia, by increasing the information available to the public and changing public perceptions of dementia.
Dementia self-help resource pack and evaluation launched
3 September 2014, 2:58 pm
This report is the evaluation of the Dementia Self Help project, featuring three peer support groups for people in the early stages of dementia living in extra care housing.
All political parties should make mental health a priority in the run up to the next election
22 August 2014, 12:01 am
We’ve joined up with five other leading mental health organisations in England to produce a manifesto laying out what the next Government must do to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.
We are going backwards: mental health cuts exacerbate a growing health burden
14 August 2014, 9:13 am
Recent cuts to NHS mental health service providers exacerbate the problems of an already extremely under-resourced sector.
Social contact, peer support and self-help can positively benefit people with dementia
21 July 2014, 9:17 am
Today the results and evaluation of our Dementia Self-Help project in partnership with Housing and Care 21 are released.
We’re supporting the Blackfriars Consensus Statment
10 July 2014, 10:17 am
We are backing a call for action to address some of the factors that could reduce the risk of dementia in later life.
Cuts to mental health services for children threaten the future and well being of the nation
22 June 2014, 1:26 pm
More than half of England’s councils have either cut or frozen budgets for child and adolescent mental health, according to a recent Freedom of Information request.
What should we expect from NHS psychiatrists?
9 June 2014, 10:41 am
We want to understand more about the relationships that the profession has to the people it works with.
Response to new research revealing a significant increase in anti-depressant prescriptions
28 May 2014, 12:10 pm
The Mental Health Foundation welcomes new research revealing GP prescriptions of anti-depressants have risen even more quickly since the recession started in 2008 than before, to stand at 40 million items in 2012.
Response to research showing mental illnesses reduces life expectancy more than smoking
23 May 2014, 3:50 pm
Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, responds to University of Oxford research showing many mental illnesses reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking.
New initiative launched to bring about ‘historic shift’ in depression research
21 May 2014, 3:22 pm
The Mental Health Foundation is launching a public consultation on depression research as part of Depression: ARQ.
Dementia Awareness Week 2014
19 May 2014, 2:49 pm
It’s Dementia Awareness Week from 19-24 May, and we’re delighted to be supporting the campaign to raise awareness of dementia throughout the UK.
Increasing levels of anxiety are impacting on the health and wellbeing of the nation
12 May 2014, 9:16 am
A new survey for Mental Health Awareness Week reveals nearly half (47%) of people in Britain say they get more anxious than they used to.
Nigel Planer presents our BBC Radio 4 Appeal
4 April 2014, 10:38 am
Our latest appeal will be airing on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 6 April
The web, social media and gaming can be good for young people’s mental health
28 March 2014, 3:27 pm
The online world can support the wellbeing of young people, according to the results of an innovative project in Scotland, launched today.
Raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing among social care staff
27 March 2014, 10:14 am
New guides to improve workforce development launched by Skills for Care, based on work of the Mental Health Foundation
Response to the Who benefits? The benefits assessment and death of Ms DE report
26 March 2014, 4:20 pm
Isabella Goldie responds to the Who benefits? The benefits assessment and death of Ms DE report, from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.
Share your experience of mental health crisis care to help others
20 March 2014, 3:15 pm
Share your experience of mental health crisis care with the Care Quality Commission to help others.
Response to the House of Lords Select Committee’s Inquiry Report on the Mental Capacity Act.
13 March 2014, 11:17 am
We welcome the House of Lords Select Committee’s Inquiry Report and endorse the Inquiry’s overall view that the MCA is a good piece of legislation.
Jenny Edwards CBE continues the campaign against cuts to mental health services on BBC News
12 March 2014, 1:00 pm
‘Mental health has always been treated as a second-class problem’, says Chief Executive Jenny Edwards CBE
We’re fighting to prevent cuts to mental health services
12 March 2014, 12:01 am
We are campaigning to prevent further cuts to mental health services.
More needs be done to reduce the number of young people on adult mental health wards
11 March 2014, 2:36 pm
Figures released today show that more under 18s were admitted into NHS wards only eight months into the current financial year, already exceeding the annual figure for 2012-13.
Mental Health Foundation highlights growing problems faced by women and girls
7 March 2014, 12:04 pm
A higher proportion of women continue to suffer from anxiety and depression and a campaign is to be launched to get mental health on school curriculum in response to ‘epidemic’ of eating disorders amongst teenage girls.
Mental health has always been more than an issue just for the health service alone
19 February 2014, 10:55 am
Jenny Edwards CBE, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation responds to the launch of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat.
Being mindful online shown to dramatically reduce stress, anxiety and depression
5 February 2014, 8:51 am
Practicing mindfulness online reduces stress, anxiety and depression, finds the University of Oxford in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation.
New guide to help people to talk about their mental health to their GP
31 January 2014, 11:08 am
The Mental Health Foundation is publishing a practical booklet offering advice on how to talk to your GP about your mental health.
Greater awareness and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is needed
31 January 2014, 9:38 am
Emily Wooster, Policy Manager at the Mental Health Foundation comments on the CQC report ‘Monitoring the Mental Health Act 2012/13’.
Self-management work in Wales included in Welsh Government’s “Together for Mental Health”
27 January 2014, 8:58 am
Our self-management work in Wales received recognition when it was chosen for inclusion in the Welsh Government’s first annual report into the impact of its ten year mental health strategy “Together for Mental Health”.
Right Here responds to Nick Clegg’s speech on mental health priorities
21 January 2014, 9:42 am
Our Right Here programme responds to Nick Clegg’s speech on mental health priorities.
Response to the Government’s priorities for change in mental health
20 January 2014, 10:13 am
Government proposes renewed commitment to minimum waiting times
Calling all film makers!
20 January 2014, 10:04 am
The international film competition for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival created in association with the Mental Health Foundation is now open.