2014 Director of Public Health Annual Report

The report’s main focus is on the importance of good mental health and wellbeing and the benefits that can be gained from a life-course approach and a focus on prevention and early intervention. The importance of improving mental health and wellbeing has been consistently highlighted through a growing evidence base across all life stages and in feedback from local communities around the importance of social connections.

For example, we know typically only one in four adults with depression or anxiety are receiving treatment compared to over nine in ten adults receiving help for physical conditions like diabetes or hypertension.

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In Cornwall, there are a number of local challenges, for example:

  • The percentage of adults living with dementia in Cornwall is 0.75% which is significantly higher than the national average of 0.53%*

  • The percentage of adults living with depression in Cornwall is 13.12% which is higher than the national average of 11.68%*

  • The percentage of the Cornish population with a long term limiting illness (a risk factor for poor mental health) is 20.1% compared to the national average of 16.9%*

  • The percentage of people with mental illness and/or disability in settled accommodation in Cornwall is 54.7% which is lower than the national average of 66.8%*

  • Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries among under 18s are higher in Cornwall at 147 per 100,000 population compared to 123 per 100,000 children and young people nationally.*

* Source = Cornwall Community Health Profile, 2013

Elsewhere, other sections in the report focus on:

  • An introduction from the Director of Public Health

  • An overview - including an update on last year’s report and things to celebrate from the past year

  • Public Health Intelligence - looking at how the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment will develop and extending the impact of public involvement in understanding local needs and aspirations

  • Supporting local strategies - reviewing how public health action can help to deliver key priorities like the new Cornwall Council strategy

  • Commissioning public health services – setting out how essential support is provided around sexual health, drugs and alcohol and new local authority responsibilities for children under 5 years old.

View the Public Health Annual Report and Appendix