for better mental health

Our five tests for UK Government


The peak of the coronavirus pandemic may have passed, but we’re now experiencing a mental health emergency. We're asking the government to meet our five tests to make sure mental health is a priority. 


More than 16,000 of you told us how the pandemic has affected your mental health in our research. The findings are clear. Prioritising mental health has never been more critical. Many of us are experiencing problems for the first time and those of us who were already struggling are finding things even harder. Our health and social care services are and will continue to be under pressure like never before. The devasting loss of life, the impact of lockdown, and the inevitable recession will have deep and lasting consequences on all our lives. Those in power can make the right choices to make sure the society that comes after the pandemic is kinder, fairer and safer. This can only be achieved if the UK Government meets our five tests:  

  1. Invest in community services 
  2. Protect those most at risk   
  3. Reform the Mental Health Act    
  4. Provide a financial safety net  
  5. Support children and young people 

Now more than ever the nation’s mental health needs protecting.  

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Read our report

What you told us

16,000 of you shared your coronavirus experience in our research. Find out the results. 

Survey results

The five tests

Find out more about each of the five tests that we're asking the government to meet. 

More about the five tests

Take action

Find out how you can take action  and get updates by signing up as a campaigner. 

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A message from Vicki

Vicki Nash, our Head of Policy and Campaigns, explains why it is so important, now more than ever, for the government to focus on the nation's mental health. 

Read our full report outlining all of the five tests. 

Our report

Got a question? 

You can get in touch with our Policy and Campaigns team at [email protected] or find out more about our fives tests for the UK government in our report. You can also sign-up to be a campaigner and receive emails on how you can get involved in this work. 

If you're looking for support with your mental health, take a look at our coronavirus information hub.

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