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Maggie is a local councillor in Southwark and a secondary school teacher who is passionate about tackling the mental health crisis, particularly amongst young people. She believes local councils have a vital role to play in supporting mental health services and ensuring all residents have access to the vital support they need. In her role as Southwark Council’s Mental Health Champion, she will push for the council to meet its commitment to support 100% of children and young people with mental health needs to access the support they need by 2020.

It is vital all Southwark residents are able to access the mental health support they need. I will be pushing for this in my role as Mental Health Champion
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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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