Mental Health is a key factor in our overall health, and is ‘a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’
(World Health Organisation, 2013)
People can, and do, recover from mental health problems. In line with this, there is growing emphasis on the promotion of better mental health and wellbeing, so that people can recover more quickly and become resilient to mental health risk factors.
Stigma and discrimination around mental health problems damages the individual, family, workplace and the community, and can prevent people from discussing the issue, and increasing awareness.
1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems in a year, and most people will have worked with someone experiencing emotional issues.
In Torbay, children and adult mental health services are commissioned by South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group. Children and Young people Services are provided by Torbay and South Devon Health Care Foundation Trust Adult Services are provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
Read the mental health commissioning strategy to find out how we can support good mental health and seek to prevent mental ill health across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
A Devon-wide Suicide Prevention Strategic Statement and Torbay action plan has also been published to explain how we are working together to make all communities in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay suicide safer communities.