Improving mental health services

To improve the experience and lives of people with mental health needs, the North West London health and care partnership is working together on these priorities:

  • Supporting adults with serious and long-term mental health needs - increase community support for people with serious and long-term mental health needs, and improve their physical health to help them live full and healthy lives in their communities.
  • Targeted support for specific groups of people - tailor mental health support for specific groups of people, including new mothers and people with learning disabilities
  • Crisis care - work with police, hospitals, ambulance service, GPs and local authorities to improve care for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Children and young people - make it easier for children, young people and their families to get mental health support, when and where they need it.

Key facts

  • One in four people will experience a recognised mental health illness each year
  • in NW London, there are between 31,000-37,500 people with serious and long term mental health needs
  • depression affects many thousands of new mothers across NW London
  • 25-40 per cent of people with learning disabilities have mental health needs and levels of schizophrenia in this group are three times that of the general population
  • three in four lifetime mental health disorders start before the age of 18
  • Healthwatch England named mental health as the biggest public concern for 2016