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Lancashire County Council plan for better mental health

Plans: Azhar Ali

Plans: Azhar Ali

Lancashire County Council is introducing a new way of working to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, has approved a new plan that will see the organisations involved in public health work more closely together to address the causes of poor mental health.

There are a number of factors that can lead to this including unemployment, low income, debt, violence, stressful life events, inadequate housing and fuel poverty.

The plans focus on addressing these factors and encouraging people to take steps that will make them less likely to experience mental health issues.

County Coun Azhar Ali said: “Research shows that one in four people will suffer from mental health issues at some time in their life and these can range from mild stress through to depression.

“We have put together a plan to help us work more closely with the agencies that support people with mental health issues to provide even better services. Services will be different in each area to cater for all communities.”

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