Press and updates about the challenge

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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19 January 2017

‘Burning injustices’ relating to mental health in our society

Last week, the Prime Minister set out government plans to address what she described as ‘burning injustices’ relating to mental health in our society. Speaking to the Charity Commission on the day the Government published its response to last year’s

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5 January 2017

Mental health & Potholes?

Mental Health Champion Cllr Andrew Gordon  I was reviewing my casework one day and I thought, I can count on one hand the number of times someone has come to me about the state of our health and social care

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13 December 2016

The National Child Measurement Programme: Time for a shift in focus?

..focus local resources on improving emotional well-being among our children. Aside from being more likely to have a positive effect on obesity, this approach will also result in a wide range of other positive outcomes, including less demand on stretched NHS mental health services. It’s also a more compassionate way to influence health at a time when young people (and parents) are already under significant pressure to meet the standards set by wider society.

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Champions say

"Recognising mental health as a preventable ailment is probably the most powerful remedy available to us." Hertfordshire County Council

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