‘A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness’ published in October 2018, was the world’s first government strategy developed to tackle loneliness in England. Marking a shift in the way we see and act on loneliness, it contained 60 new policy commitments from across nine government departments. This Annual Report provides an update on the progress made against each of these commitments, and sets out the government’s future direction of travel.

This report has been produced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with contributions from: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Department for Education; Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Department for Health & Social Care; Department for Transport; Department for Work & Pensions; Home Office; Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government.

Briefing 1: Determinants of Mental Health (Commission for Equality in Mental Health)

This first briefing from the Centre’s Commission for Equality in Mental Health finds that mental health inequalities are closely linked to wider injustices in society. Inequalities in wealth, power and voice are linked to poorer mental health. Exclusion, discrimination, violence and insecurity all increase our risk of poor mental health and explain why some groups of people face markedly higher rates of mental ill health than others.

The briefing explores actions that can be taken, from communities and local services to national policies, to reduce mental health inequalities. They include action to reduce income inequality, housing insecurity and poor working conditions as well as changes to education and the provision of early years support to families.


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