Improving mental health thrive

Thrive LDN: improving Londoner's mental health and wellbeing

Two million Londoners from all walks of life experience some form of poor mental health every year.

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

  • raise awareness of mental health issues
  • challenge stigmas
  • encourage all Londoners to look after their mental wellbeing and facilitate improvements in care

London's comunities, organisations and services will come together to support the movement with an important goal: for Londoners to enjoy healthier happier lives.

Starting the conversation

We'll be encouraging Londoners to join the movement - to learn more about mental health and attend key events where they can explore issues, share experiences, discover solutions and support others.

In the meantime, we welcome you to share your views with us. We really value insights from persons with lived experience and from those who care for and support them.

We also want Thrive LDN 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 visit our website or share your experiences and ideas with us at: [email protected].

Mental Health in London - the facts we can't ignore

  • 2m
    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

Thrive LDN has six aspirations for the capital

1.    A city where individuals and communities are in the lead

We will enable a citywide movement for all Londoners that empowers individuals and communities to lead change, address inequalities that lead to poor mental health and create their own ways to improve mental health and wellbeing. We will support more Londoners to access a range of activities that help them to maintain good mental health and wellbeing.

2.    A city free from mental health stigma and discrimination

We will work with partners to develop a programme that ends mental health stigma and discrimination in London. We will ensure support is available to help improve people’s understanding of mental health and push for more mental health first aid training to be provided so London becomes a city that is more mental health aware and equipped to act.

3.    A city that maximises the potential of children and young people

We will build on the exciting developments happening across London to engage children and young people in mental health, get them to lead initiatives, and develop training and resources for youth organisations, schools, and student societies.

4.    A city with a happy, healthy and productive workforce

Many employers are making mental health and wellbeing central to the workplace; we want to support all workplaces to do the same. We will bring partners together to develop and implement a programme to help people who experience poor mental health access support to gain and maintain work. We will work closely with employers to encourage work opportunities in both the public and private sector.

5.    A city with services that are there when and where needed

We will work with partners to create new ways to access services and support. We will build on existing work investigating how best to harness the powers of digital technologies to promote positive mental health and improve information about accessing effective support so that Londoners can better help themselves and support each other.

6.    A zero suicide city

We will work with partners across the city to reduce suicides in London. We will build on existing suicide reduction and prevention initiatives by establishing a zero suicide ambition for London.