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Andrea Davis is a Councillor for Combe Martin Rural and Chairman of the Devon Health and Wellbeing Board. She is passionate about the benefits of good nutrition, an active lifestyle and access to the natural environment as key ways to boost a healthy mind.

Andrea is also chairman of Exmoor National Park, and has recently commissioned a health and wellbeing project with a focus on mental health on behalf of Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park, in conjunction with the Council’s Public Health Team.

As a champion of mental health and with a personal interest in the issue, Andrea’s first mission is to challenge the stigma that exists around mental health, and to help create a better understanding of the impact it has on families, friends and communities.

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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.
So take a proactive approach and promote mental health across your area
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