A Mansfield councillor has been appointed ‘mental health champion’ as part of a new challenge to support sufferers in the district.
Councillor Lee Probert, for Yeoman Hill, was took up the role after councillors voted in favour at a recent Mansfield District Council meeting.
The challenge has been set up by several charities that are working to improve mental health issues across the country.
Coun Probert has been chosen to champion this cause within the district for her previous efforts volunteering for charities such as the Samaritans and the Alzheimer’s Society.
She said: “One in four people will suffer from mental health issues during their life time.
“This is something that affects all of us and I want to blast away the stigma around mental health problems.
“I will be using my new role to raise awareness among councillors and staff of mental health issues and looking for ways that we can actively support people in our community.”
Mansfield District Council agreed it would look at how mental health issues can be taken into account in it’s services.
They are also working towards reducing inequalities and tackling discrimination in mental health in the community and encouraging positive mental health in the council’s own workforce.
Councillor Andrew Tristram, representative of Nottinghamshire County Council’s health and wellbeing board, said: “We recognise the importance of mental health and improving the health of people - both physically and mentally.
“This is a key part of the council’s aim to improve the quality of life for residents and workers in the district.”
The challenge and new role begins ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10.
The theme for 2015 is dignity in mental health.
To find out more about The Mental Health Challenge, visit: www.mentalhealthchallenge.org.uk.