Mental health

1 in 4 people will currently be experiencing problems with their mental health. That means that even if you haven't experienced a mental health problem yourself, you almost certainly know many people who have.

Mental health challenge

The Mental Health Challenge has been set up by seven mental health charities who are working together to improve mental health across England. They are supporting and encouraging local authorities to take a proactive approach to this crucial issue.

We are proud to be the first Council in the Country to have all 37 Members sign up as Mental Health Champions. We are keen to ensure that people with mental health illnesses in our community are supported to access our services and have committed to fulfilling 7 aspects of the Mental Health Challenge:

  1. Appoint an elected member as 'Mental Health Champion' across the Council' .
  2. Identify a 'lead officer' for mental health to link in with colleagues across the Council.
  3. Follow the implementation framework for the national mental health strategy where is relevant to the Council's work and local needs.
  4. Work to reduce inequalities in mental health in our community.
  5. Work with local partners to contribute to better support for people with mental health needs.
  6. Promote well being and initiate and support action to promote good mental health
  7. Tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health in our community.

Our Lead Champion is Councillor Olivia Sanders.

Please contact lucy.gill@brentwood.gov.uk for more information or visit The Centre for Mental Health website.

Brentwood community tree

The Community Tree is a group of key organisations working together to support people in our community with mental ill-health.

The group is designed to enable people to access more opportunities for mental well-being. Supported by the Brentwood Community Fund, a leaflet has been produced to create more awareness of support services available to help prevent crises from occurring.

The leaflet is available to download from this webpage. Hard copy leaflets are available from the Town Hall, local pharmacies, doctors' surgeries and Brentwood Library. Alternatively please visit Essex Community Tree.

In the meantime, if you need support, please contact your GP.