Known as the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health initiative, by becoming a signatory, organisations commit to developing an action plan to prevent mental ill health and promote wellbeing locally.
Councillor Judith Grajewski, Executive Member for Public Health, said: “Mental ill health problems are common, with one in six adults and one in ten children reporting a common mental health disorder, such as anxiety. Good mental health and wellbeing is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood and older age. In signing the Concordat on behalf of the County Council, I am committing us to continuing to prioritise the promotion of mental wellbeing – work which involves a wide range of partners from Health, the community and voluntary sector, as well as partner organisations in local government. By pulling together, we stand to gain on a wide range of health, social and economic fronts.”
The Hampshire action plan will build on some of the comprehensive work already being undertaken to support Hampshire residents with their mental wellbeing. This includes:
- The Hampshire County Council and Hampshire and IoW Clinical Commissioning Group’s commissioned mental wellbeing centres
- Leading on the co-ordination and delivery of a Hampshire-wide Men's Health Project
- Funding community training sessions delivered by the Samaritans to help manage suicidal conversations
- Funding training by the Hampshire branches of mental health charity, Mind, for front-line workers so they have the skills and confidence to talk about mental health with the public
Councillor Grajewski continued: “A wide range of factors can affect someone’s mental health and wellbeing. The causes, impacts and solutions around mental health issues are often to be found in everyday places such as schools, workplaces, communities and housing. By working in these settings with our partners, we will be able to better support people, with a view to reversing the increasing numbers of people with mental ill health in Hampshire.”