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Adur District Council

Dave Simmons is the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing for Adur District. Just recently David Simmons became the council’s member champion for mental health. Cllr Simmon’s has worked for many years with local partners to raise awareness of mental health issues across the district, tackling the stigma attached and raising awareness. He was a police officer and following retirement stood to be a councillor, holding a number of portfolios and positions, including community safety, health and wellbeing and corporate parenting. Cllr Simmons is also a governor at a primary school for children with special needs and has significant experience of working with the voluntary and community sector.

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"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." Barnsley 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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