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Gloucester City Council

My name is Collette Finnegan. In addition to being a Gloucester City Councillor I am also the Gloucester City Health Champion, a role which has already seen me involved in raising awareness of mental health issues. I was selected as Health Champion mainly because of my extensive experience and qualifications as a health professional. For over 30 years I was a senior nursing practitioner and I have worked as a health visitor with vulnerable families and been involved in many child protection cases. I was responsible for ward management in several hospitals including military.
I am CAMHS/counselling trained and I regularly use my skills in my councillor duties.

I am proud to be Gloucester's Mental Health Champion. As a city we are forward looking and already recognised as being caring towards the vulnerable within our community. However there still remains a lot to be done in order to overcome the stigma and marginalising of people with mental health issues. I am involved in outreach with local schools and businesses and will continue to press for wider support across the spectrum of mental health concerns.
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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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