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Odham Council

I have been a Local Councillor in Oldham since May 2011, with Cabinet Member responsibility for Social Care since May 2014.
I am a member of a number of Boards including;
- Health and Wellbeing Board
- Oldham Safeguarding Accountability Board
- Oldham Adult Safeguarding Board
- Local Safeguarding Children Board.
It is an honour and privilege to represent the people of Oldham and I am passionate about ensuring that the local residents are at the forefront of all that we do.

As the Mental Health Champion for Oldham Council I will be promoting mental health issues within Oldham. My role will help to influence the way Oldham Council tackles mental health issues and dispelling the myths and misconceptions around mental health. I will be working closely with key services to help ensure that work to improve mental health is given the priority it deserves.
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"Tackling the stigma associated with mental health is a priority. Parity of Esteem isn’t just about providing better access to mental health services, but also in ensuring the 1 in 4 of us with a mental illness achieve equality in all aspects of life – such as work, education and physical health." Brighton and Hove 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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