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Durham County Council

Lucy Hovvels is a Labour Councillor for the Trimdon and Thornley Division Durham County Council. She is the Cabinet portfolio holder for Safer and Healthier Communities, and is the Chair of the Police and Crime Panel.

Councillor Hovvels has been a Councillor since 2001 and has responsibility for Health and Wellbeing and Community Safety. She is delighted to be nominated as Durham County Council’s ‘member champion’ for mental health and is looking forward to promoting more positive attitudes in society towards mental health conditions.

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Champions say

"“Improving mental health is everyone’s business – this is a message we need to make clear. While there has been some progress, far too many with mental health issues and their families, still continue to experience stigma and discrimination. We need to continue to work harder and crucially together, led by employers, service providers and communities, to change attitudes and raise public awareness to ensure mental health has equal value with physical health. In Leeds, one of our main aspirations is for everyone to have a fulfilling life, be able to achieve their goals, to live and work in an environment where they feel safe and valued. We are determined to make this vision a reality and to reduce health inequalities to make a real difference, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities”" Leeds City 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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