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Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health

27 November 2018

I am writing to our elected member champion for mental health as part of the Mental Health Challenge for Local Authorities to let you know about the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. The Concordat was established earlier this year

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Councillor Anthony Rowland’s media coverage

13 November 2018

As a local  Mental Health champion, one of the things I have worked away at is to achieve constructive media coverage. Councillors know that the local press can be a nuisance but also an important aid.  The main newspaper serving

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Putting mental health on the agenda

8 November 2018

Councillor Carol Runciman, Chair of the York Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Imagine a city where everybody’s mental health and emotional wellbeing is a matter of pride across the community; where services

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How can local Fire and Rescue Services support the health and wellbeing of our communities?

10 October 2018

Chris Kirby – Area Manager Service Delivery, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Like most people who joined the Fire and Rescue Service 20 years ago, I thought my role was predominantly about responding to emergencies.  But the modern role

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The toxic link between mental health problems and rent arrears

7 June 2018

Nikki Bond – Research Assistant Money and Mental Health Policy Institute A home provides security and stability from which people can build fulfilling lives, and make positive contributions to their local communities. However, keeping up with rental payments can sometimes

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Champions say

"“Improving mental health is everyone’s business – this is a message we need to make clear. While there has been some progress, far too many with mental health issues and their families, still continue to experience stigma and discrimination. We need to continue to work harder and crucially together, led by employers, service providers and communities, to change attitudes and raise public awareness to ensure mental health has equal value with physical health. In Leeds, one of our main aspirations is for everyone to have a fulfilling life, be able to achieve their goals, to live and work in an environment where they feel safe and valued. We are determined to make this vision a reality and to reduce health inequalities to make a real difference, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities”" Leeds City Council

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