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London Borough of Lewisham

James has suffered from poor mental health since he was teenager, and spent much of his early twenties being treated for mental illness by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and other mental health services in Lewisham, both as an inpatient and as an outpatient.

Elected to Lewisham Council in 2018, he has been appointed as the Borough’s Mental Health Champion.

Suicide is the number cause of death for men under the age of fifty, and someone takes their own life every ninety minutes in the UK - but only a third of people who do so had prior contact with mental health services, and too many of those who did have contact didn’t receive appropriate treatment. The only way this will change is if we replace words with action, deliver the funding that our mental health services desperately need, and ensure that every person suffering from mental ill health or illness can get the treatment they need.
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"We must involve families and those with experience of mental health in our discussions and actions. Let's keep talking and ensure mental health matters to all so we have an approach where mental health really matters to us all. " Sandwell Metropolitan 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.
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