England & Wales

LGiU roundtable discussion: public mental health


The wider social determinants of mental wellbeing and their implications for public health

How can local authorities improve mental wellbeing in their communities?

Mental health conditions are a rising source of illness in the UK. One in four adults experience mental illness at some point during their lifetime and one in six experience symptoms at any one time – making mental illness the largest single cause of disability in our society. The World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most common cause of ill health worldwide.

We often think of services for mental health in clinical terms, but there are many wider social factors that influence wellbeing, most of which relate in some way to council services: the provision of green space and planning, cultural and leisure activities and financial inclusion strategies, for example.

In this roundtable event the LGiU will bring together local authorities to discuss the drivers for mental wellbeing, and the many influences councils can have on supporting better mental health in their locality.

  • What wider social factors influence the incidence of mental illness in a population?
  • What services do councils provide that address these wider social determinants for mental health?
  • How can local authorities work with health to improve mental wellbeing in their communities?
  • What are the implications for Health and Wellbeing Boards?
  • How can we share best practice in this area?

For more information about this event and to book at place, please contact Josephine Suherman at [email protected] or call the LGiU team on 020 7554 2800.

There is no charge for attending this event. Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU