The 2018 Director of Public Health Annual Report focuses on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
The report asks, ‘why is mental health important?’
‘Over the last few decades there has rightly been a focus on reducing the number of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke. Across the whole of the county’s population, about 45% of all deaths are due to five causes and heart disease and stroke still cause nearly 30% of all deaths.
There is quite a difference though between the conditions that people are dying of and the conditions which contribute to disability and ill health during life. Mental ill health makes a significant contribution to ill health and
in some groups, is the major cause of death and ill health. For instance in men aged 15 – 49, nearly 30% of deaths are attributable to mental illness.’
Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill, as well as reducing health inequalities to help people live longer, healthier lives. The goal of public health in Northumberland is to improve and protect residents’ health and wellbeing, and improve the health of the poorest quickly. The public health team have produced a Public Health Strategy on a Page which outlines what is planned for when.
To read more about public health visit Northumberland County Council’s Health pages.
View the Public Health Startegy on a Page.