Trends & data analysis

Mental health charities growing well.

26 April 2017

Last week, Princes Harry and William drew attention to the issue of mental health, by talking publicly about their personal and professional experience with mental health problems.

Against this backdrop, we looked into the Charity Financials database for charities with the keyword ‘mental health’ to get a sense of the state of the sector.

We found there are 1,277 charities in the UK who work in the mental health field. Some 134 of these had an income of more than £1 million last year, and of these, 42 had income of more than £5 million.

The 10 largest charities working in mental health are:


Income in latest accounts / £m

St Andrew's Healthcare


Turning Point


Community Integrated Care




Alternative Futures Group Ltd


Richmond Fellowship  The


Mind (The National Association for Mental Health)


Framework Housing Association


Avenues Trust Group  The


Family Action



Overall, mental health charities increased their income by £64.6m. The largest increase came at the charity Turning Point, which increased its income by £11.7m between March 2015 and 2016. Charity Financials data shows this was achieved through a £14.4m increase in charitable contracts offsetting falls investment income and income from the sale of assets.

The second largest growth was at Addaction, which grew its income by £10m over the same period - £3.8m of which came from new Arts Council/Lottery funding.

Sadly, 340 mental health charities reported a fall in income over the period. Of these the most significant was at Movember Europe, where income fell by £8.5m. This is mostly explained by an £8.3m falls in voluntary donations. This continues a trend of declining income for the charity, which began in 2013 when its total voluntary income was £26.9m. It has fallen by £15m since then.

Mental health charities make up 5.34% of all health charities by income, and are therefore a small slice of a sector which has a combined annual income of £24615m. That said, they have grown their income by 4.9% since 2015, beating the 3.7% annual growth of health charities overall. As more high profile advocates come forwards to speak out on mental health issues, we will hopefully see this growth continue and increase.

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Thomas Collinge

Thomas Collinge is a political and social affairs journalist, and public affairs assistant, at Slack Communications.

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