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Central Bedfordshire

I have been a local Councillor since 1996 when I retired as a consultant in mechanical and electrical engineering. I currently chair the Health and Wellbeing Board and am active in the local Rotary Club

My commitment to Mental Health has been most recently demonstrated in my support of a 'Yes We Can' programme developed in my ward to increase access to sport for people with disabilities
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"It is vital we campaign for increased funding for MH services . We must improve outcomes for people living with MH and we must ensure early interventions are in place for young people to prevent issues escalating into adulthood ." Trafford 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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