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Blackpool Council

Amy Cross is a Labour councillor in Blackpool. She is the Cabinet Member for Reducing Health Inequalities and Adult Safeguarding.

As the Lead Cabinet Member for Reducing Health Inequalities she understands that mental health is a priority for Blackpool. She is instrumental in working with partners to ensure good mental health and that the most vulnerable residents are safeguarded and protected. Cllr Cross also believes it is important to help empower local communities to look after their own wellbeing.

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"Suicide is the number cause of death for men under the age of fifty, and someone takes their own life every ninety minutes in the UK - but only a third of people who do so had prior contact with mental health services, and too many of those who did have contact didn’t receive appropriate treatment. The only way this will change is if we replace words with action, deliver the funding that our mental health services desperately need, and ensure that every person suffering from mental ill health or illness can get the treatment they need." London Borough of Lewisham

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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