Self- harm among Londoners

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3427
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

During increased spending cuts, particularly in the division of money spent on mental health care, what steps is the Mayor taking to promote young Londoners' quick access to long term mental health support?  Bearing in mind that around 8.9% of 16-24 year old have self-harmed in their lifetime and 6.2% of 16-24 year olds have attempted suicide in their lifetime according to Young Minds.

Answer

Answer for Self- harm among Londoners

Answer for Self- harm among Londoners

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Health Board, which I chair, is looking at promoting self-maintenance of positive mental health through a digital solution.  This would provide Londoners with an accessible and sustainable mechanism for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.

I also set up the independent London Health Commission, led by Professor the Lord Darzi, which is looking at how London's health and healthcare, including the important issue of mental health, can be improved for the benefit of the population. I look forward to receiving the Commission's recommendations in the autumn.

I recently published a report entitled London Mental Health: The invisible costs of mental ill health which showed that mental health is an issue for the wider community, not simply health and social care.

Through their public health budgets, local authorities are responsible for funding schemes to promote positive mental health and well-being.