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My name is Yvonne and I have been a local councillor for 3 years now. I live in Cheshunt with my husband and two children.
Mental health is something that is really close to my heart. My first brush with mental health was on new years day back in 2005 when my dad tried to take his own life. Up until that point it was something that someone else, somewhere else suffered with. It was something that turned my family's life upside down. If only I had seen the signs, if only I had know what to look for maybe I could have stopped him. Luckily for me, it was a cry for help and dad didn't really want to die. We were lucky, but not every family is. I'm glad that mental health is finally going to be spoken about and help is going to be provided for people just like my dad. I see it as a great privilege to have been asked to be the Mental Health champion for the Borough of Broxbourne. I hope with my personal experiences it will give me the understanding to help other people in situations the same as my own.

By working with partners, we hope to make Broxbourne borough a place at ease with mental health.
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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.
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