Briefings for councillors

Affordable Housing and Mental Health

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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

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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

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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

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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

"“I’m proud to take on the role of Reading’s Mental Health Champion. It’s time to break down the stigma attached to mental health, tackle discrimination and increase awareness. We also need to proactively listen to people about what they need for better mental health. This is a particularly pertinent issue for us since Reading has a large hospital for people who suffer from mental illness, which is where our scrutiny role has focused.”" Reading Borough 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
join our Challenge

Mental Health Challenge

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