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Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives

Without life skills and readiness for work, young people and adults will not be able to realise their full potential, to develop and take control over their lives.

We will strive to make sure that the emotional health and wellbeing of local people is a priority. Positive emotional health increases life expectancy, improves our quality of life, increases economic participation, improves educational attainment and facilitates positive social relationships.

We will make sure that all local people can contribute to and engage with the future of Gateshead.

The action we will take

We will:

  • focus efforts on creating the conditions for people to enjoy positive emotional health and well-being
  • consider measures across the whole population alongside specific action in various settings, for example, the workplace, schools and opportunities for volunteering and social action
  • prioritise our resources towards those groups and communities who are most in need
  • ensure that the views and opinions of local people are represented in all aspects of our work through our democratic process and asset-based community development approaches
  • focus on improving our residents' achievement in education and skills for life
  • prioritise preventing and reducing the scale and impact of violence and domestic abuse giving everyone control of their lives

We will deliver this through:

  • the Mental Health and Well-being Network
  • our approaches to community development and democratic engagement
  • our Learning and Skills steering group
  • Culture Strategy
  • North East Strategic Economic Plan
  • Local VCSE organisations and Connected Voice

We will know we have made a difference when:

  • all young people are resilient, with good physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • all young people are ready and appropriately skilled for the workplace
  • Gateshead is a positive place in which everyone's mental health and wellbeing can flourish
  • everyone is able to be an active part of their community
  • all domestic abuse is prevented