Director of Public Health Report 2017

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Mental health is just as important as physical health and it is essential that the stigma attached to this type of ill health is reduced and people get the help and support they need to move forward in their lives.

The risk factors for poor mental health can start before birth, due to substance abuse during pregnancy. Other factors such as exposure to crime and family violence, job insecurity or social isolation can also increase the risks of becoming unwell.


Factors that help to achieve good mental wellbeing include having a good job, a positive learning environment at home and school, support from family and friends, taking regular exercise, not smoking and drinking within recommended guidelines.

In the Wakefield district a number of initiatives are underway to support people's wellbeing - including a network of 'community anchor' organisations which provide places where local people can access social and economic opportunities and to ensure that their voices are heard.

Other local schemes include programmes to protect green spaces, deliver work opportunities and work with schools. Employers are also being encouraged to sign up to the Wakefield Workplace Health and Wellbeing Charter which promotes positive wellbeing at work.