Councils have a range of duties and responsibilities to promote the health and wellbeing of their residents. Our wide ranging publications, case studies and resources help support portfolio holders to promote people’s mental health and wellbeing and reduce known risk factors.
Must knows for portfolio holders
The 'Must knows' are a long-standing source of information and support for lead members. The suite of information focusses on key issues for portfolio holders, including young people's mental health, suicide prevention and loneliness.
Our latest Must Know, 'A whole household approach to young people's mental health' sets out why a whole household approach to young people's mental health is crucial, recognising the roles parents, carers or siblings can play.
This guide sets out the vital information local leaders need to know about supporting young people’s mental health. A whole household approach to young people’s mental health recognises the important roles that parents, carers or siblings can play in supporting young people’s mental health.
Suicide is a major issue for society and a leading cause of years of life lost. There were 5,021 deaths from suicide registered in England in 2018 and for every person who dies at least ten people are affected.
The Jo Cox Commission report makes recommendations for local action, and indicates that local leaders in councils, the wider public sector and business have a critical role in tackling loneliness.
Whilst we saw an increase in neighbourliness and volunteering at the start of the pandemic, the impact of the restrictions, isolation and trauma experienced will have had a huge effect on the mental health of some residents.
COVID-19 has also exacerbated existing inequalities, our new publication, 'A Perfect Storm - health inequalities and the impact of COVID-19' deep dives into how people already experiencing health inequalities will be at greater risk.
Globally, from March last year there was a gradual increase in the prevalence of mental health difficulties primarily anxiety and depression.
A joint LGA/ADPH briefing for Directors of Public Health about the public mental health and wellbeing issues arising from COVID-19.
The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) have jointly produced this practical advice for Directors of Public Health and others leading the local response to the loneliness and social isolation issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Resources to support children's mental health
Local authorities have a vital role in helping children have mentally healthy childhoods and championing preventive approaches, moving away from only treating children once they are diagnosed with a mental illness.
Councils have had to find innovative ways to support and promote children and young people’s emotional wellbeing during the pandemic.
Good mental health is important to everyone in society and councils have a clear role in supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
From redesigning bridges to help prevent suicide to helping young people express their feelings, our case studies provide a source of inspiration and chance to learn from other councils.
Working with local community groups and partners to offer a range of services for men outside of the clinical setting. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource.
Young people have been encouraged to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences on topics relating to mental health via the MindMate blog.
Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across London have set up an online platform to provide help and support to people with mental health problems.
Councils up and down the country have been training increasing numbers of colleagues to have healthy conversations, whether it’s about excess smoking or drinking but also, particularly about mental health.