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Health and Wellbeing Board supports mental health and dementia strategy

Date
Tue, 25 Sep 2018
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Members of the Health and Wellbeing Board have supported steps being taken to help improve the lives of those living with mental ill health and dementia at the latest Health and Wellbeing Board meeting held at the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust headquarters last week.

A strategy has been developed by 11 organisations working jointly together to improve the lives of East Riding residents, known as the East Riding Place Partnership, which will focus on improving the lives of people living with mental ill health and dementia.

At least one in four East Riding residents will experience mental ill health at some point in their lives – this equates to around 85,000 people in the East Riding.

At the heart of developing this new strategy was the ambition to make a significant change in the way people see and experience mental ill health and dementia.

It recognises that good mental health helps our communities to thrive and that it’s not just the absence of illness but having the ability and resilience to deal with challenges in a way that enables us to enjoy life and prosper.

A significant amount of consultation has been undertaken with residents and carers in relation to the draft strategy and the key themes of this are as follows:

- Mental wellbeing and prevention of mental ill health

- Support for people living with dementia

- Early intervention and support in the community

- Integration of support and care

- Proactive and accessible support and services

- Integration of support and care

Councillor Jonathan Owen, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The work to improve the lives of those who have mental ill health and dementia is a key priority to ensure the health and wellbeing of East Riding residents and connecting individuals with appropriate services and community assets is of great importance to us.

“The Board is an important tool in driving forward change in relation to the health and social care needs of East Riding residents and is the perfect platform from which to continue the good work that is already being done locally to address these key priorities.”

David Smith, chief executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, said: “Being asked to chair the steering group overseeing the delivery of this strategy shows a clear commitment from the public sector to doing things differently.

“I’m determined to see us make better use of the collective resources we have and go further than ever before in improving not just mental health service provision but tackling the underlying issues that so often lead to poor mental health in the first place.”

The Health and Wellbeing Board also agreed to continue to support the delivery of actions in the Sport, Play and Arts Strategy and supports the use of sport, play and arts as ways in which residents can improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.

The value of sport, play and arts as tools for behaviour change are well accepted and are integral in helping to address a range of council priorities, in particular driving forward improvements to health and wellbeing in the East Riding.

The ambition is to achieve the best possible outcome for individuals living with mental ill health and dementia.

For a full agenda visit www.eastriding.gov.uk