Plans to spend £1.6 million on North Staffordshire’s mental health services have been welcomed by Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton.
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS trust will be equipped with a new Urgent Care Centre, Detoxification Suites, and Crisis Cafes as part of the government’s £1 billion capital investment scheme.
It is hoped the new initiative will help improve access to mental health services for vulnerable people, as well as offer support for people struggling with addiction.
Mr Brereton said: “I have been calling for more investment in facilities to help people with an addiction and it is fantastic news this is now becoming a reality.
“We need to continue to build on these actions to support people with wider mental health problems to get the support they need.
“This will see proactive action to put in place more support in our communities.”
The funding will compliment the joint Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy set out by Commissioners from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and the area’s clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in July.
The scheme, launched in October, was set up to help young people struggling with their mental health, as well as train practitioners to support early intervention and prevention.
Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said: “The increased funding and the Long Term Plan demonstrates our abiding commitment to the health service so the NHS can be there for all of us, free at the point of use, long in to the future.”
According to Mind, a charity which helps and supports people with mental health issues, as many as 1 in 4 people in the UK experience problems such as anxiety and depression each year.
In recent years, the methods which people use to try and cope with their condition are becoming more desperate, with reports of self-harm and suicidal thoughts on the rise.
Anyone affected by a mental health condition and need someone to talk to, consider the following organisations.
Mind – 0300 123 3393
Samaritans – 116123
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