MENTAL HEALTH AND INCOME COMMISSION Exploring the link between mental health and income.

We have launched the Mental Health and Income Commission to examine how people’s mental health affects the income they receive through, work, benefits and other sources. It will also look at what a fairer labour market and welfare system would look like for people with mental health problems.

What the Commission will do

The Commission will publish a number of reports throughout 2020, evaluating our findings on mental health and income, and setting out recommendations on how a better system can be achieved.


The Commission comprises of leaders from business, unions, politics, academia and the third sector:

  • Lauren Adams, HR Director, CBI
  • Jo Bibby, Director of Health at the Health Foundation
  • Natalie Creary, Director of Black Thrive, Lambeth
  • Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive of Mind
  • Deven Ghelani, CEO of Policy in Practice
  • Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, Conservative Peer and former CEO of Mitie Group PLC
  • Roy Rickhuss CBE, General Secretary of the Community trade union
  • Jeff Smith MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health
  • Matthew Taylor CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

The Commission is chaired by Chris Pond, Money and Mental Health trustee.

Income in Crisis

Our first report looks at how the coronavirus outbreak has affected the income of people with mental health problems. You can read the full report here.