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Norfolk county council

Cllr Emma Corlett is labour and co-operative Norfolk county councillor for Town Close in Norwich. She has been member champion for mental health since 2013. She is a member of community services overview and scrutiny panel, and labour group spokesperson for adult social care.

Emma is a registered mental health nurse, and has worked in mental health services in Norfolk since 1999. She has most recently worked in early intervention in psychosis, and is a strong advocate of services needing to be non stigmatising, easy to access and available when people need them.

Emma has long campaigned to challenge mental health stigma, and organised and spoken at public meetings and rallies highlighting the devastating impact of cuts to mental health services.

She hopes to work with a wide range of people to improve the mental health of the citizens of Norfolk, and make us a stigma free county.

Having the model motion available online was a really helpful starting point. We had a good debate at full council, and signing up to the mental health challenge enjoyed cross party support with a unanimous vote. There is still a long way to go to implement and embed all that we need to, but there is great support and sharing of ideas from fellow member champions across the country, and from the team at the centre for mental health
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"By supporting mental health we exert a sustainable positive effect on everything else we do. Improved education, lower crime, better physical health and economic prosperity all to some degree depend on positive mental well-being. In that sense, there can be no more important focus for our time and energy." Bracknell Forest 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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