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Our policy work

Our policy work influences government so that people with mental health problems can get support and respect.

Mental Health Act Review

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.

Inpatient care

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.

Learn more about the group

Remote mental health services

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. 

The NHS long term plan

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.

Access to justice

Government changes to legal aid in 2012 have disproportionately impacted people with mental health problems. Find out what we're doing about it, and read our new research.

Access to talking therapies

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.

Conversion 'therapy' ban

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.

The impact of coronavirus on mental health

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.

Crisis care

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.

You and your GP

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 & Human Rights

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.

Legal casework

Our legal team supports our policy and campaigns work, works with mental health lawyers and does some casework.

Our work in Parliament

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

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.

Reports and guides

Read our reports on a range of mental health issues, from crisis care to sport, and prevention to work and benefits.

Sport, physical activity and mental health

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.

Side by Side

Our Big Lottery-supported Side by Side programme delivered peer support to over 11,000 people, both face to face and online, and promoted peer support to nearly 74,000 people.

Women Side by Side

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.

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