21 Sep 2017

New mental health champion appointed

A mental health champion for the Isle of Wight has been appointed as the council looks to further improve support for sufferers.

Councillor Clare Mosdell will help implement the Island’s mental health challenge and wants input from local organisations and people living with the issue so they can help influence the initiative.

“This is an important role I feel privileged to take on and my priority is to be a strong voice for those in our community who need it,” said Clare, who is also the cabinet member for adult social care and public health.

“As the new champion, I want to build on all the good work the council and partners are already doing on the Isle of Wight and then develop new approaches to establish the best way to improve mental health services within our community.

“A vital part of this role will be meeting with groups and those living with mental health issues over the coming months, so I can listen and everyone can have a positive input.

“Mental health is a massive challenge across the country and it continues to be in the spotlight. Just this week, major new research from the University of London has found 24 per cent of 14-year-old girls and 9 per cent of boys say they have feelings of depression. Many studies show that these young people could well suffer further mental health problems in later life."

“This shows the council is making the right decision in focusing even more on this issue by taking part in the mental health challenge and I hope Island agencies and groups can work together to find solutions and improvements in the years to come.”

The move comes as the Government said earlier this year it wants to focus on improving mental health provision nationally, particularly for young people.

Clare was appointed to the role following a vote last night (20 September 2017) at a meeting of the Full Council.

More information is available at http://www.mentalhealthchallenge.org.uk  

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