Join us

We want all councils in England to join the local authority Mental Health Challenge.

Your council can join those that have already signed up by nominating a Mental Health Champion and adopting the Mental Health Challenge. Councils that join us will get support and advice. Any elected member of a county, borough, unitary or district council can become a Mental Health Champion. We have produced a template council motion to help councils that want to sign up to the challenge – please click here to view the motion.

If you are a Local Authority Councillor who has been appointed by your council as the Mental Health Champion or supporting officer for the Mental Health Champion, please get in touch so that we can add you to the website and welcome you:

Emma Bailey
Mental Health Challenge Co-ordinator

Andy Bell
Deputy Chief Executive

Champions say

"Until Mental Health is seen in the same light as physical health; without carrying stigma then we must continually challenge society and those with influence to ensure that any inequality is addressed " Hull 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.
So take a proactive approach and promote mental health across your area
join our Challenge

Mental Health Challenge

Centre for Mental Health
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds