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Cabinet member public health and protection

We must involve families and those with experience of mental health in our discussions and actions. Let's keep talking and ensure mental health matters to all so we have an approach where mental health really matters to us all.
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"I’m delighted to be the Mental Health Champion for Bury Council. I will be promoting mental health and wellbeing within the borough and shaping the way the Council tackles mental health issues. There is a long way to go to implement and embed all that we need to, but we’ll be looking at how we can help to deliver improved mental health through our own services and through partnership working. The council has an important role to play in improving the mental health of everyone in our community." Bury 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.
So take a proactive approach and promote mental health across your area
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