No Health Without Mental Health: a guide for Overview and Scrutiny Committees

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1 December 2015
No Health Without Mental Health
Mental health services, Families, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This briefing sets out the crucial role of Overview and Scrutiny Committees to improve mental health for all and ensure that there is adequate support for people using mental health services.

Councillors will frequently engage with people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems through surgeries, casework and community activity. Members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees also have an opportunity to influence the council’s strategic approach to mental health.

Mental health problems account for almost one quarter of the ill health in the UK and their prevalence is rising, with the World Health Organisation predicting that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.

Poor mental health affects people of all ages, yet, with effective promotion, prevention and early intervention its impact can be reduced dramatically. There is often a circular relationship between mental health and issues such as housing, employment, family problems or debt.

This is one of a series of briefings produced on behalf of the Mental Health Strategic Partnership with funding from the Department of Health.

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