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Solihull Borough Council

Ken Meeson is a councillor for Solihull Metropolitan Borough and represents the Dorridge & Hockley Heath ward. He was leader of the council for ten years before standing down in June 2014 and is now Solihull’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing. He also Chairs the multi-agency Health and Wellbeing Board. In the past he has been Chairman of Social Services and Education Committees and Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People. He was Chair of Governors of a Special School for many years and gave evidence to the Select Committee on Special Educational Needs.
Ken is a Trustee of the National Children’s Bureau and the National Youth Agency and served for several years on the Local Government Association’s national Children and Young People Board and is now on its People and Places Board.
Locally he is s Trustee of the Sir Josiah Mason Charities Group and a Lay Hospital Manager under the Mental Health Act for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust.

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"I have long championed mental health issues and I want to encourage people to speak openly about their condition and feel comfortable about how they feel. For far too long mental health issues have been treated as the Cinderella service and this must change." Nottinghamshire County 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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