Briefings for councillors

Smoking Briefing

Whilst smoking rates in the general population in England have declined, the rate of smoking amongst individuals with a mental health condition has remained consistently high at approximately 40%. This briefing written by Action on Smoking and Health on behalf of the Mental Health Challenge aims to help Mental Health Champions and their colleagues.


The Mental Health & Wellbeing JSNA toolkit

We have created the joint strategic needs assessment toolkit to help local authorities understand and consider the factors that affect mental health and wellbeing in their communities and to identify some of the key data, information and knowledge that they could use to build a picture of local needs and assets.


Perinatal mental health

More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. If untreated, these perinatal mental illnesses can have a devastating impact on the women affected and their families. We have summarised the evidence and how local authorities can do to lead the way in this briefing.  


Children & young people’s mental health

About one in ten children experience a mental health difficulty at any one time. And many more are at risk of later mental health problems resulting from their early experiences in life. This briefing summarises the evidence about children’s mental health and how local authorities can lead the way in changing children’s prospects.


Mental and physical health

About a third of people with a long-term physical condition also has a mental health difficulty. And about half of people with mental health problems also have poor physical health. This briefing looks at what can be done to bridge the gap between mental and physical health services to give everyone the support they require for both.


Employment and mental health

Being in work can be good for mental and physical health, but too many people with mental health problems do not get the right help into employment. And some workplaces can undermine people’s mental health. This briefing explores what local councils can do to help.


Preventing Suicides: Facts and Figures

Local Authorities have a key role to play in preventing suicides in their communities by working with local partners. To help Member Champions we have created a suicide prevention briefing with key facts and figures.


Affordable Housing and Mental Health

Too many people with serious mental health conditions live in insecure or unsuitable housing, or have no permanent home at all. As Councillors have a key role in implementing the mental health strategy and improving mental health in their communities, we have created a briefing on housing with five questions to ask their authorities and partners.


The Mental Health Five Year Forward View: A guide for local council members

Following the launch of The Mental Health Five Year Forward View, we have created a summary guide breaking down the key priorities for our Councillors.


 Councillors’ guide to mental health

This booklet provides practical tips and advice on how to support constituents and where to signpost them.


No Health without Mental Health

Ten questions for your council

This briefing provides councillors and health champions with ten questions to ask their public health teams. It aims to help local authorities promote the wellbeing of their population and improve the recovery of people with mental health problems by providing information about the size, impact and cost of the unmet need to treat mental health problems, to prevent them from arising and to promote wellbeing.


Champions say

"By supporting mental health we exert a sustainable positive effect on everything else we do. Improved education, lower crime, better physical health and economic prosperity all to some degree depend on positive mental well-being. In that sense, there can be no more important focus for our time and energy." Bracknell Forest Council

Mental Health Facts

Mental ill health affects us all

  • One in five of us has a mental health condition at any one time.
  • Around half of people with lifetime mental health problems experience the first symptoms before the age of 14.
  • Only a quarter of people with a mental health condition receive any treatment for it.
  • Nine out of ten people in prison have at least one mental health problem. Almost a quarter of prisoners have a mental illness that requires specialist treatment.
  • Mental ill health has an economic and social cost of £105bn a year.
  • Mental illness accounts for 28% of the total burden of disease but only 13% of NHS spending.
  • Untreated mental ill health adds around £10 billion a year to the cost of physical health care for people with long-term conditions.
  • People with severe and enduring mental health conditions die on average 20 years earlier than those without.
So take a proactive approach and promote mental health across your area
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AMHP
Centre for Mental Health
Mental Health Foundation
Mind
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Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds