York’s mental health strategy launched

York’s Health and Wellbeing Board has launched its new mental health strategy with a focus on every single resident enjoying the best possible emotional and mental health and wellbeing throughout the course of their life.

A newly formed mental health partnership will lead and co-ordinate the delivery of the strategy. The new partnership will be chaired by Tim Madgwick, who retired as Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police last year.

The strategy 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. It also looks at increasing individual and community resilience to reduce social isolation.

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 2018-2023, of which mental health is a key priority.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Chair of the York Health and Wellbeing Board said: “I am delighted to launch this five year strategy which seeks to ensure that every resident in York enjoys the best possible mental health and wellbeing.

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

Tim Madgwick, Chair of the new mental health partnership said: “Mental health issues touch us all, whether they affect us directly, or our family or close friends. By creating a dedicated mental health partnership, York is underlining its commitment to supporting residents’ to have the best possible mental health and wellbeing and to provide high quality mental health services.

“I look forward to working in partnership with professionals and groups across the city to look at how we can further improve our mental health support in York.”

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