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Hart District Council

Stuart has been a district councillor since 2001 and as the cabinet member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing has been the District Champion for mental health since May 2017. Previously a trustee at Renew Counselling Stuart is currently working with Thrive-Worldwide who provide psychological health services for those involved with humanitarian work.

I am delighted to be the mental health champion. The District has a vital role to play in bringing together local agencies and groups so that the 1 in 4 of us who are affected by poor mental health are able to easily access the support and resources that are available.
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"As a volunteer with Samaritans I frequently listen to people in mental health distress. The demands on the service have increased and it is essential that we raise awareness of mental health issues in our diverse communities." Newcastle under Lyme 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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