Our policy work
Our policy work influences government so that people with mental health problems can get support and respect.
We know how important it is that everyone with a mental health problem is treated with dignity and respect, even when they are at their most unwell. That's why we want to see action on the recommendations made by the independent review.
We asked young people to share their experiences of being treated in hospital for mental health problems. In this report, they share their views on how to fix the Mental Health Act and improve inpatient care.
The Mental Health Policy Group
Mind is part of the Mental Health Policy Group, a partnership of 6 organisations working to improve mental health. We represent providers, professionals and people who use mental health services. And we meet with ministers, political stakeholders, and NHS bodies to push for change.
We have been campaigning for years for more say over how we are treated for our mental health problems. Now more than ever people need choice in how they receive these services too. Whether face to face, by phone, online or a combination.
On 7 January 2019, NHS England published its long term plan for the NHS, setting out how the NHS will meet the increasing demands on services over the next ten years. The plan identifies mental health services as a priority.
Many of you tell us you find talking therapies such as counselling and pyschotherapy really helpful. But there are still far too many of you who are not getting the treatment you need, when you need it.
LGBTQIA+ people do not need to be 'cured'. Conversion 'therapy' is harmful and can negatively impact on a person's mental health. We're calling for an outright ban of these abhorrent practices.
Our research found that those who were more likely to struggle with their mental health before the pandemic were most affected by coronavirus. Read our research about the impact of coronavirus on mental health.
When people's lives come crashing down in a mental health crisis, they need help. Urgently. Too many of us are not getting the help and support we need. Excellent crisis care exists. It can save lives. And that's why we need it available for everyone.
We want everyone with a mental health problem who visits their GP practice or another primary care service to get the support that best suits their needs. That's what our primary care campaign is all about.
Equality and Human Rights are at the heart of all we do. We work to tackle the stigma and discrimination too often faced by people with mental health problems, and to make sure everyone has equal access to good mental health support.
MPs are there to represent your views. We try to help them understand what it's like to live with a mental health problem, and how they can help make sure everyone who does is treated fairly, positively and with respect.
Public health teams in local councils are responsible for leading initiatives that promote good physical and mental health. Unfortunately, we know that compared to physical health, they aren't investing anywhere near enough in mental health. Find out about what we're doing to make a difference.
With support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go has been helping people with mental health problems get active. Since 2015, Get Set to Go has seen 3,585 people with mental health problems take part in specially designed physical activity projects.
Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, worked together on a programme of peer support for women, called Women Side by Side, which aimed to increase the availability of high-quality peer support for women.