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Norwich City Council

Councillor Brenda Arthur was appointed as leader of Norwich city council in May 2011.

For 17 years, Councillor Arthur was chief executive of Age Concern Norwich (now Age UK).

As leader of the council Brenda strongly believes in collaboration with residents and partners to work together to keep the city clean and safe, culturally vibrant and economically buoyant in difficult times.

Brenda is cabinet member for city of character and culture and prosperous city. The council, under Brenda’s leadership is signed up to the Hate Free Norfolk campaign, which aims to stand up for the rights of everyone to live free from hate. In 2013, Brenda became the council’s member champion for mental health, and is committed to seeking mental health awareness across the city, promoting good mental health, and influencing partners to reduce inequalities.

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Champions say

"As a professional who works with young people I have seen first-hand the damage caused by a lack of appropriate care for young people, many young people are often ignored and not taken seriously. Young people are often turned away or have to wait months before being seen by a specialist this has to change. As a Councillor I believe it’s crucial that everyone with a mental health problem regardless of age should have access to excellent care services. I believe everyone with a mental health problem should be treated fairly, positively and with respect. Its time all local Councils acted proactively to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. " Gedling Borough 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