Public mental health

Documents to support national and local organisations to improve the public’s mental health, and improve the lives of people with mental health problems.

Public Health England (PHE) supports the view that everyone, irrespective of where they live, should have the opportunity to achieve good mental health and wellbeing.

We have a range of resources available to support national and local organisations to do this and work towards the commitments within the NHS report ‘Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’.

This includes the 3 key overlapping areas of public mental health across the life course:

  • mental health promotion
  • prevention of mental health problems and suicide prevention
  • improving lives, supporting recovery and inclusion of people living with mental health problems

PHE is a founding member of Equally Well UK and leads mental health campaigns and digital resources including Rise Above and Every Mind Matters.

Further resources are included in these additional mental health collections:

For further information contact

Please note that this contact address is for non-medical queries. For non-urgent personal medical advice, visit the NHS website or call NHS 111 or discuss with your GP.

Improving the lives of people with mental health problems

PHE works to improve the lives of people with a mental health problem and reduce inequalities. The PHE Screening Blog, addresses how to make screening more accessible for people with a severe mental illness.

Data and intelligence

Data that can be used in the commissioning, planning and benchmarking of local mental health services. PHE’s Mental Health Profiling Tools and Public Health Outcomes Framework are additional resources.

Preconception, perinatal, and children and young people’s mental health

PHE has developed resources to promote the mental health of children, young people and families, as well as support the mental health of women before, during and after pregnancy. This includes the perinatal and children and young people’s mental health Fingertips profiles.

Workforce development

PHE is dedicated to a confident, competent and committed workforce in public mental health.

Wider determinants of health

Wider determinants, such as employment and housing, can also impact on mental health.

Healthcare interventions

Information to help healthcare professionals improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Published 9 October 2018
Last updated 1 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated collection with new documents and information across all groups.

  2. Added Every Mind Matters blog link.

  3. First published.