About us

At Centre for Mental Health we want people facing or living with mental ill health to have a fairer chance in life.

The Centre has a unique role to play. As an independent charity our mission is to inform policy and practice based on high-quality evidence, presented impartially, and often collaboratively.

A modest investment in the Centre's work can have a significant nationwide impact.

But we still face a host of challenges. The lives of people with mental health conditions continue to be harder, poorer and shorter than they should be. We will continue to challenge policies and practices which stop people with mental health conditions getting a fair chance in life. We will continue to promote positive mental health care. And through our many partnerships, we will continue to initiate lasting change in people's lives.

Our mission

Centre for Mental Health is an independent national mental health charity. We aim to inspire hope, opportunity and a fair chance in life for people of all ages living with or at risk of mental ill health. We act as a bridge between the worlds of research, policy and service provision and believe strongly in the importance of high-quality evidence and analysis.

We encourage innovation and advocate for change in policy and practice through focused research, development and training. We work collaboratively with others to promote more positive attitudes in society towards mental health conditions and those who live with them.

Areas of work

Our main work areas are:

Criminal justice we identify effective methods of supporting and diverting people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system

Employment we develop and promote new ways of helping people with mental health problems get and keep work

Recovery we help mental health services across the UK to support people more effectively to make their own lives better on their own terms.

Children we undertake work which aims to improve the life chances of children through the support they need early in life.

We also offer a range of evidence-based services:

Workplace training we train managers and staff to understand, identify and support people with depression and anxiety at work

Employment training and IPS fidelity reviews we train individuals in employment and offer consultancy IPS services, including fidelity reviews

We carry out research, policy work and analysis to improve practice and influence policy in mental health as well as public services.


  • Company limited by guarantee, registered in England number: 4373019
  • Registered Office: Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB
  • Charity number: 1091156
  • VAT number: 974 8602 78

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Annual review 2013

Annual Review 2013 cover imageOur latest annual review is available to download now.

It covers our work on parenting programmes, gangs, recovery, and providing welfare advice. It also describes our plans for the future and shows how you can get involved in our work. Read more about us here.