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I have been a Councillor in Harlow since May 2011 and served as Chairman of the Council in 2014/15. I attended William Martin Primary School and Latton Bush Comprehensive School. I worked for H.M. Inspector of Taxes in Harlow for 6 years before moving to Hull for three years to work with a Theatre in Education Project. Returning to Harlow to get married in 1997 I spent the next 15 years employed by Arts Council England in Finance and Business. I have worked for ASLEF, the train driver’s trade union, for the last 6 years. I am married and have a 7 year old daughter. I have personal first-hand experience of depression and anxiety as well as supporting friends and family with similar problems and illnesses.

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"One in ten children experience a mental health issue. And as with all members in our society, they deserve good and accessible mental health services. There is a lot of work already being undertaken to ensure a comprehensive service suitable for all but there is much more to do. Through working with partners and keeping mental health high on the agenda, I hope we can all improve services and support for both children and adults." Cheshire West and Chester 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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