Council commits to tackling poor mental health in Suffolk

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Council commits to tackling poor mental health in Suffolk

Working closely with Public Health England, Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board is making significant steps towards promoting good mental health and preventing mental health problems.

One in six adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in their lifetime. This is influenced by the environment in which we are born, grow, live and work, meaning many of these problems can be prevented.

Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board has signed up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. The Prevention Concordat marks the first time agencies across the community and care sectors have come together to make prevention a priority for mental health. So far, 92 organisations representing all sectors have signed up and committed to action.

The commitment from Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board includes work to improve people’s mental health, including preventing suicide, social prescribing initiatives and a pilot for a new online resource supporting young people aged 16-24.

It’s important to recognise that we all have mental health. All of us have good days and bad, and from time to time will need a bit of extra support. We want to raise awareness of all aspects of mental health and encourage people to talk about their own emotional wellbeing and experiences.

Councillor Tony Goldson, Chairman of Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board

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