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Gedling Borough Council

Background Learning Mentor and Youth Worker, elected to Gedling Borough Council in 2011. Policy Advisor for Young People 2011 - 2015. Currently Cabinet Member for Housing Health and Wellbeing and Member of the Nottinghamshire Health & Wellbeing Board.

As a professional who works with young people I have seen first-hand the damage caused by a lack of appropriate care for young people, many young people are often ignored and not taken seriously. Young people are often turned away or have to wait months before being seen by a specialist this has to change. As a Councillor I believe it’s crucial that everyone with a mental health problem regardless of age should have access to excellent care services. I believe everyone with a mental health problem should be treated fairly, positively and with respect. Its time all local Councils acted proactively to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
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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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