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Nottingham City Council

Alex Norris the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health on Nottingham City Council. This covers a wide range of services important to Nottingham: such as care for the elderly, provisional for vulnerable adults and public health.

Alex became a member champion because he thinks tackling mental ill health is the major health issue for his generation. He chairs Nottingham’s Health and Wellbeing Board where ensuring there are early interventions to prevent mental ill health is one of the four core peices of work.

Previously he has been Nottingham’s lead for Area, Working, Cleansing and Community Safety.

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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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