Improving mental well-being is relevant in one way or another to everyone living or working in Berkshire. Many of us suffer from some form of mental distress or else know someone who does, either a family member, a colleague or someone in the neighbourhood. This suffering poses heavy costs on the community, both in terms of human misery and the burden of care and treatment.
One in four people are affected by mental health problems at some time in their life. Besides the immense cost in personal and family suffering, mental illness costs in the region of £32 billion per year.
Health and Social Services promote mental health for all and combat discrimination against individuals and groups with mental health problems and promote their social inclusion. Good mental health enhances the quality of life for individuals and the whole community, giving opportunities for achieving greater fulfillment. It is also beneficial to maximise the contributions that people can make through their integration within the community by reducing the harmful discrimination arising from adverse attitudes to mental health problems.
For more information please visit Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's website. They provide local specialist care across Berkshire for people who experience ongoing or complex mental health conditions and some people with learning disabilities