Advancing Mental Health Equalities

LTP Priority: Mental Health

Population Intervention Triangle: Segments (link to Section 1 PHE PBA): Service

Type of Interventions: Advancing Mental Health Equalities

Major driver of health inequalities in your area of work

Mental health inequalities are often linked with wider cultural and societal systems of disadvantage which impact a person’s wellbeing; including (but not limited to) stigma, discrimination and environment – including housing security. All of these have significant impacts on an individual’s wellbeing, and many of these enablers are beyond the remit of the health system alone. The shift towards more integrated, population-level health systems will support more localised and personalised responses to health inequalities across the prevention and treatment spectrum to be rolled-out.

Target groups

People in deprived areas; Inclusion health groups : Refugees and asylum seekers; Migrants; Looked after children; Homeless people, including rough sleepers; Prisoners and young offenders; Traveller communities; Veterans and protected groups: All, with a particular focus on: Age; Disability; Gender reassignment; Race; Religion or belief; Sex; Sexual orientation.


Advancing Mental Health Equalities


The Advancing Mental Health Equality resource and its appendices, commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement, was developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) in close partnership with experts by experience, sector leaders and policy leaders. It supports commissioners nd providers to ensure mental health support, care and treatment is:

  • High quality
  • Appropriate to meet needs
  • Accessible and serves people, regardless of any structural, societal or cultural barriers, or protected (or other) characteristics
  • Supportive, compassionate and fair
  • Effective, leading to the best possible outcomes


The resource draws on numerous studies of the potential factors contributing to and perpetuating inequalities in mental health, as well as the large body of research, policy development and guidance aimed at reducing inequalities in mental health care and tackling stigma and social attitudes.

Guidance for commissioners

Advancing Mental Health Equality resource and its appendices