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North Tyneside Council

Lesley Spillard, Labour Councillor for Battle Hill Ward, North Tyneside, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Public Health, Mental Health Champion, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board. Now retired, I was a trade union activist for Unite representing fellow members in HSBC plc. Am a member of North Tyneside Women’s Voices, who are part of a women's network who campaign particularly around Domestic and Sexual Violence, Services for Women, and encouraging young women to have high career aspirations, including careers in STEM subjects.

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"I am delighted to be the mental health champion. The District has a vital role to play in bringing together local agencies and groups so that the 1 in 4 of us who are affected by poor mental health are able to easily access the support and resources that are available." Hart District 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

Centre for Mental Health
Mental Health Foundation
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds