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Lambeth Council

Ed Davie is chair of Lambeth council’s health and adult social care scrutiny committee. Ed was awarded the Local Government Information Unit Scrutineer of 2013 Award, in part, for his work to help prevent further deaths of black mental health service-users in the wake of the Sean Rigg case. A Guardian contributor Ed won the Guild of Health Writers Campaign Journalist of 2010 award for stopping private hospitals refusing to treat NHS patients with mental health conditions. Apart from being a councillor and father of three Ed is himself a mental health service-user and works as communications and public affairs manager for the National Survivor User Network which lobbies for and supports the involvement of people with experience of psychological conditions in their own services and communities.

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"Mental health affects everyone’s and doesn’t discriminate " Slough 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.
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