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No health without mental health

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6:13am 11th May 2011

Bosses from the NHS, local authorities and voluntary sector providers are meeting with service users and carers in Harrogate this week to discuss the local delivery of the Government's mental health strategy.

Senior managers and clinicians from NHS North Yorkshire and York, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the Department of Health will meet at The Cairn Hotel in Harrogate to debate "No Health without Mental Health" which outlines how mental health services will be delivered locally to give people better outcomes.

The costs of mental health problems to the economy in England have recently been estimated at £105 billion, and treatment costs are expected to double in the next 20 years.

The Government's strategy aims to transform the mental health and well-being of the nation and ensure that mental health is given the same importance as the nation's physical health. It also outlines how a new emphasis on early intervention and prevention to help tackle the underlying causes of mental ill-health including working across the NHS, local government and the third sector to help people recover.

Dr Martin Hawkings, consultant in public health at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said:

"People of all ages with mental health problems are too often excluded from the opportunities in life that others enjoy. The national strategy makes a welcome commitment to promote good mental health for all and to improve support for those who experience mental ill health.

"Mental illness is common and the six key aims of this strategy make a commitment to improving public health and wellbeing through improving mental health.

"Our workshop aims to help develop a local strategy which will see us working together to improve the mental health of the people in North Yorkshire and York and to secure better, quicker and more responsive services for those who need them."

Kathy Clark, corporate strategy manager for adults, children and education at City of York Council, said:

"Most of us are affected directly, or know someone who is affected in some way, by mental health issues. This is a great opportunity to think about how we can make a real difference to the lives of local people and focus on the positive things we can do."

The conference in Harrogate will cover themes such as mental health promotion, recovery, physical health, stigma, discrimination and experiences of care and support.

"No health without mental health" - a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages"

The Government's national strategy for mental health outlines six shared objectives. They are as follows:

(i) More people will have good mental health
More people of all ages and backgrounds will have better wellbeing and good mental health. Fewer people will develop mental health problems - by starting well, developing well, working well, living well and ageing well.

(ii) More people with mental health problems will recover
More people who develop mental health problems will have a good quality of life - greater ability to manage their own lives, stronger social relationships, a greater sense of purpose, the skills they need for living and working, improved chances in education, better employment rates and a suitable and stable place to live.

(iii) More people with mental health problems will have good physical health
Fewer people with mental health problems will die prematurely, and more people with physical ill health will have better mental health.

(iv) More people will have a positive experience of care and support
Care and support, wherever it takes place, should offer access to timely, evidence-based interventions and approaches that give people the greatest choice and control over their own lives, in the least restrictive environment, and should ensure that people's human rights are protected.

(v) Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
People receiving care and support should have confidence that the services they use are of the highest quality and at least as safe as any other public service.

(vi) Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination
Public understanding of mental health will improve and, as a result, negative attitudes and behaviours to people with mental health problems will decrease.

This document and other related documents can be downloaded from here.

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