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Cotswold District Council

Jenny is the Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing & Public safety for the Cotswolds. She believes that Councillors have a vital role to play in addressing and enabling good mental health. We need to be thinking about how we tackle mental illness and ensure high levels of mental well being in our residents by thinking about this issue in everything we do, including Planning,

All councillors, whether members of the administration or opposition have a positive role to play, championing mental health across everything we do, every policy we write and every service we provide.
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"I am proud to be Gloucester's Mental Health Champion. As a city we are forward looking and already recognised as being caring towards the vulnerable within our community. However there still remains a lot to be done in order to overcome the stigma and marginalising of people with mental health issues. I am involved in outreach with local schools and businesses and will continue to press for wider support across the spectrum of mental health concerns." Gloucester 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
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds