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Cheltenham Borough Council

Borough Councillor for All Saints Ward in Cheltenham.

Joint Mental Health Champion with:
Cllr Louis Savage (cllr.louis.savage@cheltenham.gov.uk) “This Challenge gives opportunity for us to play our part in improving the mental health of the communities we represent and ensure all our residents have access to the best possible services”.

We have taken great steps in recent years to help raise awareness and tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. But there is still much to be done. I look forward to taking up the Challenge.
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"Until Mental Health is seen in the same light as physical health; without carrying stigma then we must continually challenge society and those with influence to ensure that any inequality is addressed " Hull City 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
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Mental Health Challenge

Centre for Mental Health
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Mental Health Foundation
Mind
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Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds