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Knowsley Council

Councillor Kay Moorhead for Knowsley council has been a elected member for 8 years. She is currently the Cabinet Lead Member for Wellbeing. She also has 17 years of employment experience in the health and social care sector. This has included working with children and young people in residential care with mental health problems, working with vulnerable families and managing a children's home.
Kay lives in Knowsley. She is married with 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

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.
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"Mental health is a factor is almost every part of our lives, from housing, to finances, to relationships and more. It is vital that we ensure that mental health is prioritised at every possible level." Pendle Borough 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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