Good mental health is fundamental to physical, emotional and social wellbeing. If you are mentally well, you are better able to cope with life’s ups and downs and lead a full and active life. Mental health problems are very common and about a quarter of us will experience some kind of mental illness during our lifetime. It is as important to look after your mental wellbeing as your physical health.
Our main mental health provider in Bromley is Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. We also have several voluntary and community mental health providers including:
Mental health problems affect a large proportion of our population. This can range from anxiety or depression to more serious mental illness. Although suicide rates in Bromley are lower than London and national rates, we have higher rates of people under 18 with depression. In Bromley, one in ten children needs support or treatment for mental health problems. Many people with caring responsibilities have told us these responsibilities have a negative effect on their mental health.
We also have the highest number of people over the age of 65 in London compared with all London boroughs. This number is expected to grow. In 2014, more than 4000 people were estimated to have dementia, a figure that is likely to increase each year.
Other factors that affect mental health include living with a long term condition, having poor physical health, obesity, substance misuse, unemployment, and poor or overcrowded living conditions.
It is our intention to make changes so that people in Bromley feel that their mental health is as important as their physical health. We want to make sure Bromley has: