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Mental health

Mental Health Strategy for Essex 2017-2021

About 1 in 6 Essex residents are living with a mental illness - that's around 150,000 people. A quarter to half of all adult mental illness may be preventable with appropriate interventions in childhood and adolescence.

'Let's Talk' about mental health is the first pan-Essex, all-age strategy for mental health and wellbeing. It represents a landmark for mental health policy in the county.

Launched in July 2017, it was co-produced with people who have experience of using mental health services in Greater Essex, both directly and as carers.

It focuses on getting help to people at the earliest opportunity, treating mental and physical health equally, tackling stigma and promoting social inclusion among people affected by mental health problems.

Documents

You can access the strategy and accompanying summary and briefing below:

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