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London Borough of Lewisham

Cllr Jonathan Slater is a a local councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham, where he represents Whitefoot Ward, elected in 2014. Cllr Slater is also a policy professional with over ten years experience of working for national, international, regional and local organisations, sevens years of which has been on the delivery of services to children, young people, and families, both in the public and voluntary sector. Cllr Slater has supported the voluntary sector in being part of Lewisham's successful stage 2 application for Head Start funding, to support 10-14 year olds in the borough with their emotional resilience.

Mental Health provision isn't just about supporting those with high level needs but providing holistic support to the whole community in helping them with their emotional resilience.
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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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