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Mental health strategy outlined

Mental health strategy outlined

Published at 7:24am 27th October 2015. (Updated at 11:08am 27th October 2015)

Authorities in North Yorkshire are committing to a series of campaigns to tackle the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.

It's part of a new five-year strategy announced by North Yorkshire County Council.

For the first time, the authority has set out a new strategy to champion mental health and well-being, created in close collaboration with users of mental health services.

The strategy, called Hope, Control and Choice, acknowledges that people want services close to where they live, as well as more emphasis on well-being, to help them avoid becoming ill in the first place.

County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said: "This strategy marks a fresh approach, and gives mental health and well-being the priority it deserves.

"One in four of us will experience poor mental health in our lifetime.

"Within North Yorkshire, that is more than the combined population of Harrogate and Scarborough or equivalent to the entire population of Craven, Richmond and Ryedale.  

"The remainder of us will almost certainly know someone with mental health issues and mental health problems are estimated to cost the UK economy £105 billion.

"This strategy has been drawn up in genuine partnership with the people who use mental health services and those who care for them.

"It sets out the commitment of partners to work together so that the people of North Yorkshire have the resilience to enjoy the best possible mental health and to live their lives to their full potential, whatever their age and background, supported by effective, integrated and accessible services across all sectors."

The commitments include:

  • Public health awareness-raising campaigns to tackle stigma and discrimination.
  • Working through the Stronger Communities programme to introduce a range of local well-being initiatives.
  • New programmes to promote good mental health from birth onwards to help children and young people stay strong.
  • Working with employers to promote good mental health in the workplace.
  • Improving access to "talking therapies" in North Yorkshire.
  • Timely diagnosis of dementia and the introduction of dementia-friendly communities across North Yorkshire.
  • Working in new ways in both health and social care to take into account the full range of people's needs, including their physical health.
  • Bringing together annually North Yorkshire mental health champions to share best practice and to offer challenge.