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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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"I'm delighted to be the Mental Health Champion for Knowsley and am committed to playing an active role to removing stigma. I've had the pleasure of attending a number of local mental health and wellbeing conferences and events in Knowsley and have been comfortable in sharing my own personal experiences. Mental health and wellbeing is so important; I've found that as soon as I talk about my experience its almost a floodgate of people wanting to share their own. Mental Health and Wellbeing affects people in different ways, and to different extents. We're all different. Talking about it is an important part of breaking the barriers and moving forward, feeling comfortable to talk about it and, importantly, not going through the experience alone. " Knowsley 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.
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