Press and updates about the challenge

14 July 2017

Putting “Thrive” into action: one borough’s plan to put mental health in the spotlight

Council budgets are in bad shape. With less money to spare, it’s hard enough to stand still on community mental health services, never mind take positive steps to improve mental wellbeing across local areas. Town halls are going to have

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8 May 2017

Social Prescribing: The Power of the Community

Dr Lisa McNally – Consultant in Public Health at Bracknell Forest Council Social isolation is a killer.  It increases mortality risk by around a third[1] as well as being consistently linked with everything from heart disease to depression and cognitive decline[2].

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14 March 2017

Cross-party champions school PM on education cuts

Cllr Ed Davie – London Borough of Lambeth Mental Health Champion Council mental health champions from the three biggest political parties have written to the prime minister asking her to reconsider huge cuts to school budgets in the poorest areas.

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21 February 2017

First Local Authority Councillors get training in mental health promotion

Today for the first time local authority mental health member champions are receiving training in becoming leaders in mental health promotion. An event organised by Centre for Mental Health with support from Public Health England will give council members evidence

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10 February 2017

School funding changes undermine Prime Minister’s drive to tackle mental health inequality

Cllr Elin Weston, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Haringey Council In January the Prime Minister highlighted the injustices experienced by children suffering from mental health and behavioural issues. She talked about transforming the way we deliver mental health support,

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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

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