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Councillor Rebecca Charlwood is a Labour councillor at Leeds City Council and is currently the Council’s Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults. This role covers Public Health, partnerships with the NHS and Adult Social Care. She has held a wide range of positions during her time as a Councillor including being the Inner North East community committee champion for children services.
Councillor Charlwood is also the Chair of Leeds' Health and Wellbeing Board, which is responsible for the City's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. The ambition set in the refreshed Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016-21 is for Leeds to be the Best City for Health and Wellbeing driven by a clear vision that Leeds will be a healthy and caring city for all ages, where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest.

Cllr Charlwood is determined to continue to raise awareness of mental health issues as the council’s mental health champion. Working earlier in her career as a mental health support worker in East Leeds, she has seen first-hand how incredibly important it is to ensure the most vulnerable people in the city are fully supported and cared for. Her experience working across the health and care sector continues to motivate Cllr Charlwood to focus on reducing health inequalities across Leeds.

“Improving mental health is everyone’s business – this is a message we need to make clear. While there has been some progress, far too many with mental health issues and their families, still continue to experience stigma and discrimination. We need to continue to work harder and crucially together, led by employers, service providers and communities, to change attitudes and raise public awareness to ensure mental health has equal value with physical health. In Leeds, one of our main aspirations is for everyone to have a fulfilling life, be able to achieve their goals, to live and work in an environment where they feel safe and valued. We are determined to make this vision a reality and to reduce health inequalities to make a real difference, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities”
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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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