One in four adults and 10% of children experience mental health issues. People from a disadvantaged background are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and 90% of people with a mental health problem experience stigma and discrimination.
Social investment is supporting social business models that are building evidence for digital and community-based support for people experiencing mental health issues and providing housing and support to people with learning disabilities, piloting and scaling preventative rather than acute mental health provision. Revenue is generally generated from commissioned services including outcomes-based payments.
High-quality impact measurement is essential in this area to understand changes for patients and clients and to secure contracts from commissioners. However, standardisation of metrics is a challenge due to the wide range of needs that are supported. It is also difficult to get funding for independent evaluations that gather robust evidence to demonstrate the impact of a service.
Further information is available on our social issue page for health and social care.