Thurrock Council and local NHS partners have been recognised for promoting positive mental health by joining Public Health England's (PHE) Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
On Friday 9 August, the council's Health and Wellbeing Board united with other local councils, organisations and schools in signing a public declaration designed to help communities support good mental health and wellbeing.
As a result of this pledge, the good work already seen in Thurrock, including the implementation of school-based wellbeing teams, the council's approach to adult mental health transformation and Mental Health First Aid training, will be recognised nationally.
Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet member for children and adult social care, signed the agreement as chair of the Thurrock Health and Wellbeing Board. She said: "I'm delighted that we have signed up to this declaration. We are committed to addressing mental health problems in communities, and will continue to work alongside other local authorities, NHS trusts and community groups."
The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health was launched last year and aims to take a prevention-focused approach to improve society's mental health.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for education and health, said: "It's vital that we continue to make significant steps in promoting good mental health, reducing stigma and helping those with mental health problems. Statistics show one in six adults experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. This can be influenced by the environment in which we are born, grow, live and work, meaning many of these problems can be prevented."