Champions – We’re In!

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


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.

Lincolnshire County Council
Bournemouth Borough Council
Barnsley Council
Essex County Council
Merton Council
Leeds City Council
Norfolk county council
Blackpool Council
Sefton Council
Lambeth Council
Devon Council

Champions so far

Champions say

"As Barnsley’s mental health champion I commit to ensure that those in need receive help and support whatever their circumstance and I will work with partners to improve and provide a ‘joined up’ service." Barnsley 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
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds