Bosses at Notts County Council have vowed to push mental health up the authority’s agenda in light of Nottingham’s mental health awareness fortnight.
Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks, which are running between Monday, October 6 and Friday, October 17, aim to reduce stigma and promote greater understanding of health and wellbeing across Nottingham.
A packed programme of events was kicked off yesterday morning (Monday, October 6) with a carnival launch at the Institute of Mental Health in Lenton, more than a month after the county council identified improving mental wellbeing as a key health priority in the area.
Speaking after the start of the initiative, Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Nottinghamshire County Council’s mental health champion said that the authority want to push mental wellbeing up the agenda and make it central to any discussions about health in general.
Cllr Bosnjak, who is also chair of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “As many as half of us will experience mental health problems at some point, but far too often there is still a stigma attached to mental ill health, or a reluctance to talk about the issues.
“Improving mental health will help to achieve many other positive outcomes for the people of Nottinghamshire including better physical health, improved academic achievement, reduced sickness absence, enhanced productivity and reduced costs to welfare, health and social care services.”
The weeks, which are now in their 22nd year, come after Nottinghamshire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing board approved a new mental health framework for action for between 2014 and 2017 on Wednesday, September 3.
Cllr Bosnjak added: “Part of the change will be encouraging more conversations about mental health and increasing understanding, as well as improving the services available to people.
“Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness Weeks do a fantastic job of breaking down barriers in relation to mental health.”