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North Kesteven District Council

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I have a degree in Journalism and worked within radio and NHS press office for a while until my daughter became very ill. This led me down another path of progression as my personality began to change. I later decided to study Counselling, leading to a foundation degree qualification (BTEC level 5). During this journey I counselled terminally ill- rape victims as well as anxiety and depression. I also now lecturer in this area. How did it lead me here? I was encouraged to join our Town Council, which I put my heart into and decided to run for local elections. Four elections later, I won (as a independent)! Working amongst residents and tackling local issues has been very rewarding. I have recently become a family magistrate for Lincolnshire, which is a true honour.
My whole life changed with (single parent, carer, jobless, on benefits, volunteering and victim of domestic abuse) money, personal and children – all were incredibly challenging. I consider myself lucky to have experienced these issues, as I can honestly say I have walked a mile in many shoes. I do not claim to have all the answers but will work around the clock to achieve or find them.
Mental health is at the forefront of everyday life now. I would like to see each Council train its staff and members in the basic first aid for mental health, this will help improve communications and hopefully help those hiding in the shadows. We must reach out to all our residents, not just the ones who step forward and bravely ask for help, mental health is often hidden from the world. If we could help and improve the communications in our patches, we can link arms against this often, unseen illness.
No-one is immune to mental health. Anyone at anytime can fall, the question is: will we have the facilities to catch them/us?
We must act now, expand our services, increase funding, help save our future generations. Some, are considered our lost souls of society, I consider us all to be important members of society. Let’s take responsibility to become more aware, more active to reach the many living in the darkness. Let’s increase the community bonds and make a quick call to a person who lives alone or someone who may be struggling. Let’s start asking how people feel? Let’s give warmth to those who feel out in the cold. And above all let’s make the most of our time and make that call today.

Here’s to the next step of learning and helping more people.

Nikki

No-one is immune to Mental Health, we must act now
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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.
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