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Cheshire West and Chester Council

Cllr Nicole Meardon is Cabinet Member for Children and Families. She sits on the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Cheshire West Emotional Health and Wellbeing Board and Chairs the local Children's Trust Board. Nicole has a particular interest in supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing and has prioritised this area working with local schools. She also chairs the Corporate Parenting Panel and is keen to raise importance of mental health needs of looked after children and care leavers.
Nicole has represented Sutton Ward in Ellesmere Port on CWaC Council since 2011 and has held her Cabinet position since 2015.

One in ten children experience a mental health issue. And as with all members in our society, they deserve good and accessible mental health services. There is a lot of work already being undertaken to ensure a comprehensive service suitable for all but there is much more to do. Through working with partners and keeping mental health high on the agenda, I hope we can all improve services and support for both children and adults.
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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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