The London Health Inequalities Strategy is now published, following a 12-week public consultation between 23 August and 30 November 2017.
Around 2,000 of you responded! The policy team have reviewed your feedback, input from stakeholder organisations and community groups and findings from London-wide representative polling.
Thanks again to all of you that took part. Here’s where your views made a difference to the strategy:
To give every London child a healthy start in life, the strategy focusses on supporting parents and carers, early years settings and schools. A new Healthy Early Years programme encourages healthy eating and active play for children aged 5 and under, building on the successful Healthy Schools programme for children aged 5 and over.
82% of you support giving nurseries and pre-schools an official accreditation for being healthy environments, based on the food offer, air quality, care for emotional and physical well-being.
You also believe that public spaces like hospitals (93%), restaurants (66%), Underground stations (60%) and offices (54%) should be required to provide clean, safe, baby-friendly spaces. City Hall backs the London Healthy Workplace Charter, which encourage employers to be more family friendly, including support for breastfeeding, and will explore how the Mayor and partners can make London a more breastfeeding-friendly city.
City Hall wants Londoners to feel comfortable talking about mental health. The Thrive LDN programme aims to educate, equip and empower all Londoners to lead healthier, happier lives.
Most of you (72%) feel confident talking to others about your own mental health, and just under two thirds of you feel confident talking about other people’s mental health. 79% of you think you have a good understanding of maintaining your own mental health. 65% are aware of mental health issues and how to be supportive, with a similar proportion (64%) knowing where to find more information.
The Mayor supports the ‘Time to Change’ pledge, a movement led by Mind and Rethink that aims to change how people think and act about mental health. He is committed to making sure more Londoners, and especially young Londoners, have access to mental health first aid training.
The Mayor and Thrive LDN want to learn about how experiencing discrimination can affect Londoner’s mental health. If you would like to share your story in a safe and confidential way then please find more information here or email [email protected].
You said you’d be more likely to walk and cycle around London if the air was less polluted. Poor air quality affects the health of Londoners, but some parts of the city and certain groups are affected more than others. The Mayor is focussing on how to improve air quality around schools. The Mayor proposes tighter air quality targets, transitioning to a zero-emission London by 2050. The London Environment Strategy outlines how improving air quality can reduce health inequalities.
Creating healthy workplaces helps more Londoners into healthy, well paid and secure jobs. 24% of you don’t think their employer encourages good mental health, whilst 32% think they do. The Mayor will continue to promote the Healthy workplace charter, and focus on reaching out to a wider range of organisations The Mayor wants London to become a ‘Living Wage City’ and will encourage employers to commit to the London Living Wage and his forthcoming Good Work Standard.
The strategy makes community life another focus. You are particularly likely to be involved in a volunteer organisation (40%), or a neighbourhood group (32%) - just a quarter of you say that you’re not involved in any community groups. City Hall wants more Londoners to enjoy the health and social benefits of being an active citizen. The Team London website is already helping Londoners of all ages and backgrounds volunteer – here’s how you can get involved.
City Hall is working with partners across London to improve the reach of social prescribing. Social prescribing supports individuals to improve their health and wellbeing through non-medical community-based services. When unwell, the most popular place to get health advice is from a doctor or health professional (81%), followed by the internet (66%) and family or friends (51%).
72% of you say you live a healthy lifestyle, whilst 10% think the opposite. The Mayor’s ambition is for all Londoners to be physically active and walk or cycle for 20 minutes each day by 2041. The Healthy Streets Approach will help reduce car dependency and make the built environment safe, convenient, accessible and welcoming to all Londoners to play, walk and cycle.
You list being active and having a healthy diet as most important for a healthy lifestyle (74% & 10% respectively). The Mayor wants all London’s communities to have the chance to participate in sport. The Sport Unites investment programme will fund initiatives that will provide affordable, local opportunities for Londoners to become more active.
All Londoners should have access to healthy food. Food choices are influenced by income, financial and personal circumstances, culture and the physical environment. The Mayor will work with the London Food Board and partners across London to deliver the aims of the draft London Food Strategy.
Thanks again for joining in and sharing your views!
* All % are taken from the Talk London Health Inequalities Strategy survey. For more information on the reporting, have a look at the London Datastore.