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Barnsley Council

Background – Education and Youth Work, last employment full time Trade Union officer.
Elected as Councillor for Barnsley Central Ward in May 2006 Currently Lead Member for People – Safeguarding. Member of both Children and Adult Safeguarding Boards, Health and Wellbeing Board and Barnsley Children’s Trust Executive Board. Mental Health Champion for BMBC.

I believe Mental Health is the key to wellbeing. It deserves attention in all aspects of our society. Making people and organisations in education, health, work, leisure, housing, family, transport, can all help to make life more bearable for those who suffer from a mental health problem. The freedom to participate in everyday life is the right of all – to make that as easy and safe should be the business of all. Raising the profile of mental health can only help awareness and awareness helps to make change.

As Barnsley’s mental health champion I commit to ensure that those in need receive help and support whatever their circumstance and I will work with partners to improve and provide a ‘joined up’ service.
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Champions say

"“I’m proud to take on the role of Reading’s Mental Health Champion. It’s time to break down the stigma attached to mental health, tackle discrimination and increase awareness. We also need to proactively listen to people about what they need for better mental health. This is a particularly pertinent issue for us since Reading has a large hospital for people who suffer from mental illness, which is where our scrutiny role has focused.”" Reading Borough 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
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Mental Health Challenge

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