Champions – We’re In!

Councillors across the country have signed up as Mental Health Champions. Is your area covered? View the full map below or North West / North East & Yorks / West Midlands / East Midlands / Eastern / Greater London / South East / South West

Or download the list of Mental Health Champions document

 

Member champions

These are our Mental Health Champions so far. Is there someone from your local council on the list? If not, can you help us by writing to your local council to make sure they are championing mental health. We’ve drafted a letter to start you off.

Mansfield District Council
Coventry City Council
Wiltshire Council
Hart District Council
Hertsmere Borough Council
Three Rivers District Council
Warwickshire County Council
Bracknell Forest Council
Cambridge city council
Pendle Borough Council
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Nottinghamshire County Council

Champions so far

Champions say

"As the Mental Health Champion for Oldham Council I will be promoting mental health issues within Oldham. My role will help to influence the way Oldham Council tackles mental health issues and dispelling the myths and misconceptions around mental health. I will be working closely with key services to help ensure that work to improve mental health is given the priority it deserves." Odham 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

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