New mental health strategy for York being discussed next week

Members of York’s Health and Wellbeing board will comment on York’s mental health strategy when they meet on Wednesday 24 January.

A newly formed mental health partnership will lead and co-ordinate the delivery of the final strategy which has the vision that ‘every single resident enjoys the best possible emotional and mental health and wellbeing throughout the course of their life’.

The report highlights that people with mental health conditions have a lower life expectancy and poorer physical health outcomes than those that do not.

The main focus of the strategy is to get better at spotting the early signs of mental ill health and to intervene earlier.

The other priorities are to:

  •          focus on recovery and rehabilitation
  •          improve services for mothers, children and young people
  •      ensure that York becomes a suicide safer city
  •        ensure that York is both a mental health and dementia friendly environment
  •     improve services for those with learning disabilities.

The strategy expands on the joint health and wellbeing strategy 2017-2022, of which mental health is a key priority.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Chair of the York Health and Wellbeing Board said: “This five year strategy looks to ensure that every resident in York enjoys the best possible health and wellbeing and will see us establish a city wide mental health partnership to improve mental health and wellbeing for people of all ages.

“Positive mental health and wellbeing is a key priority of the board. We want York to have services that support people in need without delay where there is no stigma and discrimination and where everyone has the best mental and emotional wellbeing. Working with partners across the city this strategy will help us to achieve this.”

The Health and Wellbeing Board meeting takes place on Wednesday 24 January from 4.30pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online from: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts

To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=763&MId=10242

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