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Blackpool Adult, Community and Family Learning - CLMHP

Welcome to the dedicated web page for Blackpool Adult Community and Family Learning Community Learning Mental Health Pilot. 

Our Demographics

Based on the overall measure of deprivation, Blackpool is now ranked as the most deprived of 326 Local Authority areas in England (6th in 2010)

  • We have 30.1% (9,425) of our children living in low income families

  • High levels of worklessness with approximately 20.6% of the working age population claiming out-of-work benefits, compared to a national level of 11.2%

  • There is a large stock of low cost private rented accommodation which contributes to high levels of population migration.

  • Life expectancy for males is the poorest in England at 74.3 years compared to 79.4 years.

  • Substance and alcohol misuse is considered high, with the rate of alcohol-related deaths the 2nd highest in England for males

Health and Wellbeing 

The life expectancy rate for males in Blackpool is 74 years, (10 years below this in the most 30% deprived areas) which is the lowest in the United Kingdom.  Females can expect a life span of 79 years, the 13th lowest in the UK.  The life expectancy of males within Bloomfield Ward is 51.4 years.

The main cause of all deaths in Blackpool for males is cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, overdoses and poisoning. For females this is cirrhosis of the liver, respiratory disease and lung cancer.  

Records show that Blackpool has the highest costs of local authorities attributable to alcohol and the 4th highest chronic liver disease.  The wards of Claremont, Bloomfield and TAB record high level of calls made to emergency services. Blackpool also ranks highest, 326 out of 326, for those claiming benefits as a result of alcohol.  The costs attributed to that in Blackpool are £715 per head of population, Lancashire £458 and UK £384; more than double the costs nationally.

All these have a negative impact on resident’s mental health and well being, with Blackpool having the lowest score for well being in Lancashire. Of those in treatment, 88% are aged 30+ and 68% are males. The average length of time in recovery services is 4.3 years.

There are more residents in Blackpool who suffer from long term mental health problems, 23.5 per 1000 population compared to 14.7 in Lancashire.  Suicide rates in Blackpool are also high. In Blackpool the rate is 23.7 per hundred thousand; England has 11.4, Fylde 10.8 and Wyre 13.7.  Blackpool has the highest rates of antidepressant use in England and in July 2012 an ONS (Office for National Statistics) survey rated Blackpool as 9th unhappiest place in England in terms of life satisfaction by residents. 

Blackpool therefore faces very serious challenges in terms of the most chaotic and complex residents.  The ACFL MH team is committed to improving the lives of its residents and this pilot project has allowed the team to trial a variety of approaches.

Link to our Well-being Guide April-July 2016

Link to Grow your Happiness Course 2016

 

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Comments

I received a phone call this morning from a learner who feels she has severe anxiety issues.  When our 'Fairy Doors' course started last week, she rang to say she felt very vulnerable and was being 'looked at as she had spilt water everywhere'.  The tutor reassured her it is natural to be apprehensive about a new experience and not to worry; she assured us that she would be returning this week.  She did indeed return and this morning reported that the group was lovely, the tutor was brilliant and she felt a lot more at ease and not at all excluded.  She has signed up for another craft course and also for a confidence building course.

I received a phone call this morning from a learner who feels she has severe anxiety issues.  When our 'Fairy Doors' course started last week, she rang to say she felt very vulnerable and was being 'looked at as she had spilt water everywhere'.  The tutor reassured her it is natural to be apprehensive about a new experience and not to worry; she assured us that she would be returning this week.  She did indeed return and this morning reported that the group was lovely, the tutor was brilliant and she felt a lot more at ease and not at all excluded.  She has signed up for another craft course and also for a confidence building course