Plymouth hosts regional launch of Mental Health Concordat

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of PHE (front, left) with Lilly Makurah from PHE and, back row, left to right: Sarah Lees (Plymouth City Council), Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health, and Cllr Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England (PHE), chose Plymouth for the regional launch of the Government’s new Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.

The launch event took place at the Jury’s Inn, Plymouth on Friday 9 March and was hosted by Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team. The event was also supported by the national Centre For Mental Health.

The aim of the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health is to encourage local and national action around preventing mental health problems and promoting good mental health.

Speakers at the event included Andy Bell from the Centre for Mental Health, Lily Makurah and Cam Lugton from Public Health England, and Sarah Lees from Plymouth City Council.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive at PHE said: “I’m delighted so many local authorities, like Plymouth City Council, are using the prevention concordat, working across a wide range of sectors to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their populations.”

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Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “Improving the mental health and wellbeing of our citizens is a top priority for Plymouth City Council, so I am delighted that Plymouth has been chosen for this regional event to promote the Concordat.

“Mental wellbeing is the focus of year four of the Council’s Thrive Plymouth initiative, which is a ten year programme to improve health and reduce health inequalities in the city. We are working with schools, businesses and other partners to promote the five ways to wellbeing.

“As public health lead for the city we also commission a range of health and wellbeing services for residents, working with our partners in the health and voluntary sector.

“In addition, we recently signed the Time To Change pledge to promote mental health and wellbeing to our staff – we have submitted an action plan which includes awareness training for managers and staff, improving our HR policies and guidance, and working to promote open and honest conversations at work with the support of our own Wellbeing Champions.”

Cllr Lynda Bowyer was also recently chosen as the 100th councillor nationally to be a Member Champion for Mental Health as part of the Centre for Mental Health’s Mental Health Challenge.

Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive of Centre for Mental Health, said: “More than 100 local councils across England have now shown their commitment to better mental health by appointing a member champion and signing up to the Mental Health Challenge. We were delighted last month that Plymouth became the 100th council to join us. We hope that all local authorities will become a part of this movement and provide the leadership to enable the promise of the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health to be realised in communities across the country.”

The event aimed to:

  • Build energy and support for change among key organisations with a role in supporting better public mental health outcomes
  • Foster peer-to-peer learning between organisations across a geographical area, and build a sense of ‘team’ within areas
  • Increase awareness of the range of tools and products available for local areas to draw upon
  • Inform PHE’s approach to evaluation of the Prevention Concordat programme.

More information on the Prevention Mental Health Concordat is available at

More information on Thrive Plymouth is at