Mental health and wellbeing priorities

We should focus our work on mental health and wellbeing and the development of resilience in children, young people, adults and older people.

Why we see this as a priority

  • Mental health problems starting in childhood are common and can result in wide ranging and longer term problems such as poorer educational attainment and negative relationships. Other long term effects include poor employment prospects and additional mental and physical health conditions in later life
  • One in ten children (three in every class) aged between 5-16 years has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. Just over half have a conduct disorder and the remainder will have an emotional disorder or severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is well documented that 50 percent of those with lifetime mental illness will experience symptoms by the age of 14
  • Social and emotional learning programmes results in returns of £84 for each £1 invested
  • School based interventions to reduce bullying result in returns of £14 per £1 invested
  • Parenting interventions for families with conduct disorder result in returns of £8 per £1 spent
  • Early detection of psychosis results in £10 for every £1 spent with savings in year 2
  • Supporting carers and parents during pregnancy and the early years is known to impact on the mental health of children and young people and a secure parent/child relationship contributes to a positive attachment and also helps to create emotional resilience in children
  • Having a sparse scattered population can mean people are isolated especially where they are housebound or immobile. A lack of social networks and support combined with chronic loneliness can do long term damage to physiological health
  • People living in difficult situations with multiple problems may have poorer resilience. Unhealthy behaviours can cluster in people living in deprivation

Key facts about Herefordshire

  • In Herefordshire one in 20 people feel lonely most of the time

Diagram showing mental health and wellbeing priorities