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.

Help us add to the evidence

We have received some fantastic evidence so far from people and organisations sharing their knowledge, experience and understanding of mental health inequalities. If you have evidence that you would still like to share with us, either through a blog or a document, we want to hear about inequalities of all kinds in mental health: what causes them, what can prevent or mitigate them, and what would help to support action to reduce mental health inequality. To get in touch with us, please email

Commission members

Click here to learn more about our Commission members. 

Invitation - join us in Manchester!

The Commission is holding a series of workshops in Greater Manchester to hear from people who have experience to share. It is seeking the views and experiences of people and organisations who know about mental health inequalities first-hand.

We want to hear from people who have lived through a mental health difficulty themselves and from people who are involved in initiatives that seek to improve mental health in their community.

Workshops will be an opportunity to share your views and experiences with researchers about what can be done to improve mental health, especially in communities that don’t get listened to. We are holding four workshops, each with a different focus - more information here.


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

Last updated: 11th November, 2019