New champion for mental health announced

Release Date: 11 July 2017

A councillor with the responsibility for championing mental health services has been announced by Richmond Council.

Cllr Meena Bond, previously the Cabinet Member for Sport and Culture, has been announced as the new Champion for Mental Health.

Providing quality support and services for those with mental health illnesses, promoting positive mental health in the community, tackling inequalities in mental health, and addressing discrimination against people with mental illness is a key priority for the Council.
As part of her new role, Cllr Bond has been tasked with working with the new Cabinet, to carry out an inventory of the Council’s mental health services and local support offer. She will work closely with health services and the voluntary sector to look at best practice elsewhere and provide recommendations for local improvement in the future.

Cllr Meena Bond, said:

“We all have a responsibility to do whatever we can to support people experiencing mental health problems.

“One in four people experience a mental health problem in any given year. That’s around 50,000 people each year in Richmond upon Thames alone. I’m delighted to take on this role to raise awareness of the issues faced in our community and do everything I can to help tackle them.

“Over the next few months I will work with our excellent local health services and the voluntary sector to review our local offer and consider what more can be done to support local children and adults who need support.”
Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“We want our residents to be safe, healthy and independent; to be thriving rather than surviving. Mental health awareness and support is so important. It is just as important as our physical health. All too often mental health can be a taboo subject.

“We have many excellent services in the borough that support people’s mental health and help children and adults through difficult times. Cllr Bond is passionate about mental health and ensuring that local services are the best that they can be. I could not think of anyone better to focus on this new role.”

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Reference: P325/17

Updated: 31 July 2017