Briefings for councillors

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

"Having the model motion available online was a really helpful starting point. We had a good debate at full council, and signing up to the mental health challenge enjoyed cross party support with a unanimous vote. There is still a long way to go to implement and embed all that we need to, but there is great support and sharing of ideas from fellow member champions across the country, and from the team at the centre for mental health" Norfolk county 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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Mental Health Challenge

AMHP
Centre for Mental Health
Mental Health Foundation
Mind
NSUN
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds