Health and wellbeing
Achievements of Walsall’s Public Health highlighted in latest report
A number of successes have been highlighted in the Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing's report, which was presented at a meeting of Walsall Council on Thursday 23 February.
Public health officials in Walsall have highlighted the success of mental wellbeing projects across the Borough, helping more than 1,400 people to connect and to talk about their wellbeing.
A more collaborative approach towards health has helped improve services in a number of areas, which was highlighted at a meeting of Walsall Council on Thursday 23 February.
In Walsall there is currently an 8-year difference in life expectancy between men living in the most deprived areas of the borough, compared with the least deprived. For women, the difference rises to more than 9 years. Work will remain ongoing with the community, NHS, voluntary and sector, schools, social care and wider services to deliver support that meets the needs of residents across the borough.
Councillor Gary Flint, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing at Walsall Council, set out how the Council has taken steps to reduce health inequalities:
“ I am very proud of what we have achieved in Walsall over the last 12 months. Working with our partners, we have created a more unified and collaborative approach to health services, making a difference to people’s lives across the Borough.
I am very pleased that we have been able to launch our 16-25 project, aimed at creating positive outcomes for our 16–25-year-olds, using a mentoring approach to improve overall health and wellbeing.
Recognising our achievements is important but challenges remain, and our aim continues to be to reduce inequalities and to deliver improved health outcomes for individuals and communities across Walsall. “
Walsall Council will continue to deliver on their “Together We Can” 10-year mental wellbeing strategy, which will include a range of services such as counselling, bereavement, suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
Amongst the Council’s ambitions for 2023 will also be the launch of a 4-year strategy focusing on fathers as parents. It is a campaign that it is hoped will reach 15,000 men in the Borough.
Notes to editor:
The cover report presented at Council on Thursday 23 February 2023 is available on the Council’s Committee Management and Information System (known as CMIS).
A broader report detailing Public Health Walsall’s key achievements is available on the Walsall Insights website.