As cabinet meets tonight, it will be considering a proposal of a million pounds worth of investment to improve the mental wellbeing of Walsall residents and to tackle mental wellbeing inequalities over the next three years.
Nationally, poor mental health is estimated to cost the economy approximately £105 billion per year. In Walsall, almost one in five residents experience anxiety, depression or mental health disorders.
Mental wellbeing is affected by a range of factors, such as our health, social interactions, where we live, income and unemployment. It is envisaged that the proposed investment will improve mental wellbeing of Walsall residents by improving these social, economic and environmental factors.
The investment will develop community mental health and wellbeing support for residents that will help build stronger individual resilience and community networks. It will also include raising awareness of mental health wellbeing, training for businesses, communities and workplaces, counselling, talking therapies and bereavement therapy support, financial support and will help address some of the challenges Walsall residents experience and improve their quality of life and wellbeing.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and wellbeing said, “Supporting residents with their mental health and wellbeing is very close to my heart and is just as important as maintaining physical wellbeing. It’s about both feeling good and functioning well.
“This substantial investment will not only benefit Walsall residents to access support and help others, it will help businesses and employers develop a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing and work to improve staff wellbeing. It will provide resources to help people to recognise when and how to access support.
“Early detection and prevention is the key to addressing mental health concerns and will help to build a resilient and supportive community.”
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· Further details regarding the proposal are available in the cabinet report available on Committee Meeting Information System (CMIS)