A place for parity: Health and wellbeing boards and mental health

A place for parity: Health and wellbeing boards and mental healthThis report, published by the Centre for Mental Health, explores how much focus local health and wellbeing boards have given to mental health, which areas they focus on and what factors helped or hindered the agenda of mental health during the development of joint health and wellbeing strategies.

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The report presents findings of a systematic review of 100 strategies and interviewed members of ten health and wellbeing boards to find out how far they have included mental health issues as a priority and what they have focused upon.

Headline findings

  • 91% of strategies aim to tackle at least one mental health issue
  • 46% of strategies include priorities focused on improving access to mental health services
  • 19% of strategies include priorities dealing with alcohol or smoking and mental health
  • 55% of strategies include children’s mental health within their priorities
  • 41% of strategies include priorities dealing with employment and mental health
  • 5% of strategies address the mental health needs of homeless people