Mental health matters to everyone.
One in four people in England will experience a mental health problem in any given year.Anxiety,depression and clinically diagnosable mental health problems can be experienced by people of any age.For example there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK in 2013,with women almost twice as likely to be diagnised with anxiety disorders as men.Amongst children and young people in Great Britain,one in ten of those aged 5-16 has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem.Older people can also experience emotional and psychological stress closely related to loneliness,isolation or loss of a loved one.Depression and anxiety are far more prevalent among people who are unemployed for more than three months.
What are the causes of these mental health problems?
What can we do to minimise mental health problems?
NHS resources devoted to mental health problems are far less than those devoted to physical health problems,even though mental health problems are now the primary cause of ill health.How can resources be re-directed and/or increased?
A panel of experts knowledgeable about mental health issues and with an independent chairperson will discuss these questions and engage with the experiences and questions provided by the audience.
Chairperson Councillor John Raine,Chair of Malvern Hills District Council(supporter of mental
Panel Dr Alison Gray,consultant psychiatrist in Hereford and Associate Priest at Great
From Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust:
Elaine Dolby,Adult Mental Health Community Lead
Karen Ingram,Clinical Lead
Senior Representative Alzheimer's Society
Stephen Heath,barrister and in-house lawyer for the mental health charity MIND