Better mental health

Improving Londoner's mental health and wellbeing

We've seen major cities like New York launch ambitious plans for mental health and areas across the UK, such as West Midlands, also taking action.

It’s time for London to step up and develop our own movement so that every person, no matter who they are, can live happier, healthier lives.

Thrive London is a citywide movement for mental health, supported by the Mayor of London and the London Health Board. 

Our role is to:

  • build on existing work and bring together multiple city agencies and providers, as well as voluntary, business and community partners
  • really work together and do more to improve mental health and wellbeing across London

Why is this important?

Londoners from every background are affected by mental health issues: facing stigma and discrimination, and waiting too long to get the mental health services they need.

These are some of the facts we cannot ignore:

  • 1m
    Londoners
    will experience mental ill health this year
  • 100k
    children and young people
    will experience mental health issues
  • 25%
    of people
    with mental health problems get treatment - very low for an illness
  • 15-20
    years less
    in life expectancy for adults with a Severe & Enduring Mental Illness

What are we working on?

City Hall
Right now we are sharing and developing ideas in various areas, with a strong focus on tackling mental health inequalities.

These include:

  • improving everyone's understanding of mental health
  • employment
  • children and young people's mental health
  • suicide prevention
  • community resilience
  • vulnerable people

Over the next months we'll be developing these ideas into cases for change and recommendations for action, which will be launched in May 2017 by the Mayor of London.

How can you get involved?

We really value insights from persons with lived experience and from those who care for and support them. We also want Thrive London to be inclusive of London's diverse communities and the range of experiences and needs they have.

So if you have an interest in mental health please share your experiences and ideas with us at: [email protected].

From January 2017 we'll be introducing lots more opportunities to share your thoughts and ideas. Do keep checking in on this page and follow us on Twitter, @ThriveLDN, for the latest updates.