Local government makes a vital contribution to promoting good mental health in individuals and communities. The main ways this happens are through:
- system-wide leadership through health and wellbeing boards (HWBs)
- public health responsibilities to promote mental wellbeing and prevent poor mental health throughout the life course
- statutory duties and powers related to mental health for children and young people and for adults
- the overview and scrutiny of mental health provision.
Even with the extremely poor financial situation, many local areas are maximising their opportunities by working smartly and imaginatively with partners to promote mental wellbeing.