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Staffordshire County Council

Throughout my life I been involved with people young and old suffering from Mental Health issues especially with my adopted son. It is a illness very difficult to understand unless it crosses your path.
I am extremely pleased that Staffordshire County Council has taken up the Mental Health Challenge because I feel very strongly that Mental Health should be taken as seriously as Physical Health. In my role as Mental Health Champion for Staffordshire County Council this objective is something I will work hard to achieve.

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"There is a real need to breakdown the stigma around mental health at every age. As young person champion Councillor for Somerset County Council I will work to raise awareness of mental health and the importance of talking about your problems, young people are our future and we need to look after and support them. " Somerset County 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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Mental Health Challenge

Centre for Mental Health
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds