Press Release

7th April 2017

World Health Day provides an important focus on depression

Future Care Capital supports the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) campaign on depression for World Health Day.

The WHO reports that more than 300 million people are living with depression across the globe (WHO, 2017). In the United Kingdom, Mind estimate that one in four people will experience a mental health condition each year (Mind, online). Drawing particular attention to the mental health needs of older people, the Mental Health Foundation (online) reports that depression affects 22 per cent of men and 28 percent of women aged 65 years and over in England. A study commissioned by Age UK estimated that depression affects 40 per cent of older people in care homes (Help the Aged, 2004). Yet the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2009) estimate that 85 per cent of older people with depression receive no help from the National Health Service. These statistics show the prevalence of mental health needs and the particular increasing challenges faced by an ageing population.

key statistics on mental health and depression in later life.

key statistics on mental health and depression in later life.

The WHO argue that depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability across the world and are calling for urgent investment to tackle worldwide mental health issues. Investment is needed because the WHO has identified strong links between depression and other disorders and diseases, such as heart disease.

Learn more about the WHO campaign on depression for World Health Day here.

Future Care Capital has set out a vision for 2030 health and care which promotes the principles of parity of esteem across physical and mental health. The charity believes that through targeted education to improve behavioural health there can be a greater shift in public attitudes and increased resilience to tackle mental health issues across the board.

Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:

“Future Care Capital supports the work carried out by the World Health Organisation to break down barriers and raise awareness of depression on World Health Day. Support and investment for mental health services is a growing priority, with particular implications for our ageing population in the United Kingdom.”

“Our vision for 2030 focuses on access to unified and person-centred health and care services that enable people to lead independent lives in older age. We are urging the public to share their views on the future of health and care through our crowdsourcing platform so that we can take up their priorities, including on mental health, with the government to seek change.”

“This year’s World Health Day is an important opportunity to raise greater awareness of depression and what wider support is available to address all mental health issues across the country.”

Notes to Editors

Press contacts

For all press enquiries, please contact Joel Charles, FCC Deputy Chief Executive, at [email protected].


Burns, A. (2016) ‘Better access to mental health services for older people – Professor Alistair Burns and Dr James Warner’. Blog post, NHS England. Available online:

Help the Aged (2004). Depression and Older People: Towards securing well-being in later life.

Mind (Online). Mental health facts and statistics. Available online:

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2009). Press release, 29 October 2009.

The Mental Health Foundation (Online). Mental health statistics: older people. Available online:

World Health Organisation (2017). Depression Fact Sheet. Available online:

About Future Care Capital (FCC)

FCC is a charity, emerging from the sale of the awarding organisation, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), in September 2015.

Beginning life as the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) in 1945, the charity has evolved throughout its 70-year history and continues to have the Queen as its patron.

Following the sale of its awarding organisation business and assets (including the CACHE and NNEB brands) the charity is ready to embark on its next chapter.

The Trustees have developed a detailed Strategy for the future direction of the charity and have recently approved the 10-year Business Plan. The Trustees have identified the following vision, goals and aspirations that follow on from the Charity’s objects:

Charitable Objects: To promote education, training, quality and standards in care, health and education and allied disciplines.

Vision Statement: The charity will be known for being the leading independent voice for applying evidence that will advocate for and deliver a step change in health and care, including the advancement of quality and standards as well as education and training for allied professions as a sustainable charity.

Mission: Engage, educate and involve all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.

Key Beneficiaries: Those in receipt of care.

Key Goals and Aspirations:

  • Be recognised as a leading advocate and thought leader;
  • to deliver a step change in the advancement of quality and standards, education and training in care and health and allied professions; and
  • sustainably grow impact.

The charity will adopt an agile approach to delivery underpinned by an enabling internal culture and supporting systems that reflect its core values of empathy, diversity, openness and professionalism.

The charity’s core offerings will be delivered through two collaborative but independent delivery vehicles:

Evidence based Advocacy – developing new policy propositions and solutions supported by evidence-based research, stimulating debate and innovation through events, publications, projects and discussions with diverse stakeholders including the general public.

Social Impact Investment Fund – an investment fund managed by the charity to invest in sustainable social enterprises through an Innovation Fund, which support better quality and standards of services in the care, health and related education and training, which will generate a commercial return for the charity, supported by a ‘collaborative hub’ with the charity at its centre, facilitating knowledge sharing, supporting innovation and best practice, and gathering evidence and insights to feed into the charity’s Advocacy operations.

Legally structured as a charity, FCC intends to operate as a dynamic, agile and commercially aware organisation: a true social enterprise.


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