Lead the way by promoting better mental health in your community
Cllr Andrew Pelling
London Borough of Croydon
Mental Health Champion Croydon Council
Speaking out on mental health is worthy cause that yields dividends for all. When as an MP I spoke out about my own ill-health I was just amazed at the amount of empathy that came my way unsolicited in the street from constituents.
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"I am delighted to be part of this immensely important initiative - to challenge the stigma which still sadly exists around mental health issues, and to ensure all our residents have access to the best possible services"
Cllr Helen Dennis
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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