Commission for Equality in Mental Health


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

 Briefing 2: Access to mental health support 

Why are groups that face higher levels of poor mental health experiencing the greatest difficulty in accessing services? And what can we do to ensure that everyone is able to access the right mental health support for them?

The second briefing shares ideas that could improve access to support for people who experience inequalities.

Download the second briefing

Commission members

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18/09/2020 - 16:23

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