Mental Health

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Ensuring the population of Oldham experiences good mental health continues to be an important public health priority for a range of reasons. Good mental health is important for ensuring the development and maintenance of family relationships and friendships, our education, training and ability to fulfil our potential in employment. It is also important for ensuring good physical health and as it impacts on all aspects of people’s lives it is the responsibility of not only the individual, but also families, friends, employers and the wider community to enable people to develop and importantly maintain good mental health.

A range of different data sources are available to provide insight into Mental Health in Oldham, these can be accessed below.

1.Better mental health: JSNA toolkit – This PHE resource is intended to support the development of mental health and wellbeing joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs). It has been developed for those seeking to understand the breadth and complexity of mental health issues in their area. It presents factors that affect mental health and wellbeing and identifies some of the key data, information and knowledge that local areas may use to build a picture of need.

2.Public Health England datasets – PHE publish data on a range of mental health topics including:

General Mental Health and Wellbeing 
Perinatal Mental Health
Common Mental Health Disorders
Co-occurring Substance Misuse and Mental Health Issues
Crisis Care
Severe Mental Illness
Suicide Prevention

3.Life expectancy gap for people with serious mental illness (2015) – This rapid health needs assessment identified that Oldham residents with serious mental illness have a substantially lower life expectancy than the general population. The report provides information on how this issue has grown in importance over recent years, the scale of the problem, the factors contributing to the gap, and makes recommendations to address the inequality.

4.Employment gap for people with mental ill health – This PHE infographic indicates that there is a 66.5% difference in employment rates between the general Oldham population and those in contact with secondary mental health services. This is similar to the North West and England averages.

MH employment gap

5. A detailed briefing paper about Mental Health in Oldham can be found here.