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Council Unanimously Backs Mental Health Pledge

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Council unanimously backs mental health pledge

A PLEDGE promising to tackle the stigma of mental health issues and improve support and understanding has been signed by Leicester City Council.

Councillors have unanimously agreed to sign up to the Local Authorities Mental Health Challenge, which includes commitments to focus on improving mental health awareness, opportunities and support services across the community.

The pledge lays out 10 key steps local authorities can take to address mental health issues, including working with the NHS to ensure health and social care support is properly integrated, supporting action on public mental health and working to tackle inequalities in care for mental health issues.

Cllr Michael Cooke, who chairs the council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee, has now also been appointed as the council’s mental health champion.

Work will also take place to tackle discrimination in the community, as well as in schools and workplaces, and better engagement with people of all ages and backgrounds about what they need for better mental health.

The pledge was signed at a meeting of full council on Thursday, January 23.

Leicester deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer who also leads on health and wellbeing issues for the council, said: “The council is unanimously backing this pledge to underline our commitment to secure better mental health services.

“Mental health issues affect about one in six people, and the World Health Organisation predicted that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.

“So it’s vitally important that we recognise the importance of mental health issues, help to tackle the stigma surrounding them and help people to see mental health in a more positive light.”