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.

Leeds City Council
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Norfolk county council
Eastleigh Borough Council
Blackpool Council
Sefton Council
Lambeth Council
Devon Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Counci
Staffordshire County Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Barking and Dagenham Council

Champions so far

Champions say

"I have long championed mental health issues and I want to encourage people to speak openly about their condition and feel comfortable about how they feel. For far too long mental health issues have been treated as the Cinderella service and this must change." Nottinghamshire 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
join our Challenge

Mental Health Challenge

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