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Mental health and wellbeing

Leicester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Health and social care needs associated with mental health and wellbeing, 2016.

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which individual potential can be realised. People with good mental health can cope with normal life stresses, work and contribute to the community. In contrast, mental illness refers to morbidity due to mental, neurological and substance misuse disorders.

Mental health does not discriminate and can affect anybody. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year in England. While the risk factors are broad and complex, there are a number of ways to better manage and/or overcome poor mental health. More information can be found on the NHS website: Mental health - NHS (

The following chapter further details the level of need in the population, current services in place, project service use, any service gaps and recommendations for commissioners.