About us Centre for Mental Health is the UK’s leading authority in mental health research. We use research to change people’s lives. Our vision Centre for Mental Health seeks to create a society where our mental health is protected and promoted from the first spark of life onwards; where people with mental health problems get the right help quickly; and where a mental illness doesn’t stop a person from enjoying a fair chance in life. Our goals for 2020 We've got a clear vision for the next four years and what we're going to be focusing on. Take a look here. Areas of work Our main work areas are: Children: we undertake work which aims to improve the life chances of children through the support they need early in life. Criminal justice: we identify effective methods of supporting and diverting people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system. Economics: we research and analyse the costs of providing services and the benefits to the people they help. Employment: we develop and promote new ways of helping people with mental health problems get and keep work. Mental and physical health: we work on the areas where mental and psychical health conditions overlap, such as liaison psychiatry, and campaign for parity of esteem for mental health.