The poorest children are four times as likely to have a mental health difficulty as the wealthiest.

Black people are many times more likely to be subject to the Mental Health Act.

People with autism, learning disabilities and long-term physical health problems have higher rates of mental ill health that are often never even identified.

At Centre for Mental Health, we're committed to working tirelessly until equality for mental health is a reality. We know that the chances of any of us having poor mental health are closely associated with a range of social, economic, ethnic and health inequalities in our lives. And the support offered for mental health difficulties and the outcomes associated with it are too often unequal.

With the generous support of the Elliott Simmons Charitable Trust, Centre for Mental Health has established a commission to investigate inequalities in mental health. The commission will seek evidence about a range of inequalities in mental health, and produce a series of briefings exploring specific inequalities, what is known about their causes and how they might be reduced or eradicated.

Briefing 1: Determinants of mental health 

Why do some groups of people have a much higher risk of mental health difficulties – and what can we do to reduce the disparities?

This first briefing from the Centre’s Commission for Equality in Mental Health finds that mental health inequalities are closely linked to wider injustices in society.

Download the first briefing and infographics sheet

Check out the Commission for equality blog

Our Commission for equality blog series offers an opportunity to learn more about the work of the Commission with insights from the Commission's members.

Commission members

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To learn more about the Commission, contact us here or email 

Last updated: 16th April, 2020