Investing in mental health

The Mayor believes that everyone has the right to good mental health. 

We are working with the NHS, mental health charities, schools, businesses and local communities to help create happier, healthier lives for all Londoners. 

Thrive LDN: Time to Thrive 

Thrive LDN, supported by the Mayor and led by the London Health Board, is a citywide movement to improve the health and well-being of all Londoners. It launched in July 2017.

Thrive LDN works with Londoners, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities, the police and community groups to address mental health inequity.

There are four parts to the movement:

City-wide activity

  • We will launch a London-wide campaign and cultural festival to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, and tackle mental health stigma and discrimination 
  • We will develop a free digital tool for London businesses so that employers and employees have the skills to spot the signs of mental health issues and guide them towards support
  • We will offer youth mental health first aid training to every state school in London so that school staff have the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in young people
  • We are working with a number of groups and organisations to support suicide prevention across London. The multi-agency Suicide Prevention Group supports local projects to help reduce the number of suicides.

Action within local communities

  • We will help boroughs translate our city-wide work into local activity
  • In partnership with Time to Change we will establish Thrive LDN hub pilots in London boroughs to help improve mental health and wellbeing
  • In partnership with Mental Health Foundation we will establish Thrive Community pilots in some of London’s most deprived neighbourhoods to help prevent poor mental health from arising.

Action to address mental health inequity

Thrive LDN believes that It is unfair that some people’s mental health is made worse because they belong to a marginalised social group. Everyone has the right to good mental health.  

  • We have launched the Young London Inspired programme, together with partners Team London and v.inspired, to increase volunteering and social action opportunities for young Londoners at risk of developing mental health problems
  • We are collecting stories from Londoners to help us better understand how the discrimination some people face affects their mental health. Londoners from all walks of life are being encouraged to share their experiences
  • We will use the research to inform the criteria for our community fund. This fund is awarded to community projects to reduce discrimination and mental health inequity in young people 
  • We will create a leadership development programme for adults from communities that are discriminated against and disproportionately affected by mental health.

Evaluating what we’ve done

The majority of Thrive LDN projects will have built-in evaluation frameworks. We are working with Public Health England (London region) to develop the overall programme.

Mental health services in schools

We are working together with Healthy London Partnership to improve mental health support in schools across London

Homelessness and mental health

The Mayor’s 'No Nights Sleeping Rough’ Taskforce (NNSRT) has been set up to tackle rough sleeping in London.

More than half of those sleeping rough in London are known to have a mental health support need.

We will introduce a 2-year pilot across 10 boroughs that currently have no specialist mental health provision. 

Mental health crisis care

Every year, around 5,000 Londoners will be detained under section 136 and taken to one of London’s 20 health-based places of safety or A&E. 

However, the care people receive when they are detained varies across London. To improve care in London, we have:  

  • developed a pan-London pathway for section 136
  • published a specification for health-based place of safety sites 

We now plan to introduce the new care model.

Mental health triage

In 2017/18, funding was awarded to Together for Mental Wellbeing to deliver a mental health service as part of the Persistent Offender Programme. 

Two mental health practitioner roles will be funded. They will provide advice and case consultation across all programme boroughs, as well as direct interventions to offenders who are not eligible to access statutory mental health services.

There will be further investment from 2019 to provide more mental health support to policing teams across London.

Health in all policies

We are committed to a health in all policies approach. This means the Mayor must consider public health when developing each of his statutory strategies - health inequalities, transport, economic development, housing, the London Plan, environment, and culture. 

Health at City Hall

The Mayor and his team of Deputy Mayors have taken part in a mental health first aid training session, and senior managers at the GLA have had mental health awareness training. Sessions will soon be offered to City Hall staff.

The GLA, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and others have also been awarded the Healthy Workplace Charter, given to organisations who take steps towards making staff happier and healthier.

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