Councillor Abdullah Gulaid, elected member for Acton Central, is the borough’s first mental health champion. The national mental health challenge was set-up by seven mental health charities that are working together to improve mental health across England.
Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for health and adults’ services said: “I’m delighted that Councillor Gulaid has taken on the role of mental health champion for Ealing. One in four of us will suffer a mental health condition in any given year, so it’s vital we promote good mental health and tackle discrimination and the stigma that sadly still surrounds it.”
The mental health challenge has a ten point for plan for local councils, which includes tackling discrimination, reducing inequalities and working with the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver health and social care support throughout the borough.
Councillor Abdullah Gulaid said: “It’s quite likely that one of our friends, colleagues or family members will experience a mental health problem at some time. I’m confident that we can change attitudes and look for new ways to actively support people with mental health problems in our communities.”
Ealing Council is one of only 50 local authorities to sign-up to the national mental health challenge.
The council’s health and wellbeing board are looking at how mental health issues can be taken into account in services across the borough.