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NHS Cumbria is holding a launch event to explain how the county can work together to improve people’s wellbeing and mental health.
Agencies and organisations, charities, service users and carers from across Cumbria are invited to attend an event which will take place on World Mental Health Day (10th October), to introduce a framework document and a set of actions for groups to sign up to.
The event will take place on Monday October 10 at Rheged at Redhills, near Penrith CA11 0DQ from 9.30am until 3.30pm.
The framework document for Cumbria sets out how to improve both the wellbeing of the whole Cumbrian population and outcomes for people with mental health problems through designing and delivering high quality services which are easy for everyone to access.
Good mental wellbeing leads to better physical health and overall life expectancy as well as; better education, employment, productivity, community resilience and family life. All agencies and people need to play their part to take responsibility for improving mental wellbeing.
People with mental health problems are one of the most excluded groups in society. Figures show people with mental health issues face high rates of unemployment, discrimination and a shorter life expectancy than those without a recorded mental health problem. The burden of mental illness can be costly both emotionally and financially on families and individuals and NHS Cumbria would like people to work together to improve wellbeing, prevent mental illness and to support people to recover quickly.
Groups attending the event will be asked to sign up to a call-to-action document affirming their commitment to improve services and general wellbeing across the population.
Prof John Ashton is NHS Cumbria’s Director of Public health. He said: “Mental health and wellbeing is something which affects us all and yet for many it remains a barrier to living a full, happy and healthy life.
"Identifying people with mental health problems early and treating them holistically and effectively in a non stigmatising setting is an essential part of improving people's wellbeing. We know that people with known mental health problems face stigma, are more likely to be unemployed and suffer poor physical health. These are things we need to change. Looking after mental health is just as important as physical health and we must make it as easy as we can for people to access support when they need it.
"This framework lays out how organisations across Cumbria can do this and asks them to sign up to a call to action so we can work together to make this happen. Only by making each other see the problems and agree to address together them can we start to rectify this huge health inequality."
A copy of the summary and the call to action document are online at http://www.cumbria.nhs.uk/News/Events/WellbeingandMentalHealthFrameworkL...
Details of how to book a place at the event are also available online.