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DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis.

The ‘Beyond Places of Safety’ scheme plans to focus on helping people in the lead-up to potential mental health incidents, in order to ensure the safest possible environment. It will also aim to develop modern approaches to supporting people who have experienced a crisis.

This scheme is the follow-up to ‘Improving Places of Safety’ – which ran from 2015-17 and aimed to reduce the number of people with mental health conditions who were put into police cells under the Mental Health Act.

Although it has received the same amount of funding, the new scheme has a wider remit than the original scheme because it includes care after crisis events.

“As part of the government’s commitment to improving mental health throughout society, we are determined to go further to help people who are experiencing a crisis or feel they are approaching one,” commented health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

“We want make sure that therapeutic and empathetic support is in place to stop people falling ill, support them through crisis and help them recover.”

The programme will look at victims of conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality disorders which can cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.

Jackie Doyle-Price, minister for mental health, said: “There can be few experiences more frightening and disorientating than mental health crisis, and I commend the teams already providing brilliant support with help from our previous grant scheme.

“This additional funding will give local areas scope to do even more, and I look forward to seeing lots of innovative ideas for improving urgent and emergency mental healthcare across the country.”

The new scheme comes in the wake of calls from NHS Clinical Commissioners to implement better practice in linking up mental health and primary care services.

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Michelle   19/10/2017 at 17:16

If only I could say I have faith in the promises to improve the mental health crisis but unfortunately being a victim of NHS neglect I cannot. I myself, a sufferer of severe complex PTSD was assessed at needing C.A.T around 16 months ago. The event which led to this diagnosis occurred on the 12th March 2016 and I still to this day 19th October 2017 have had NO treatment or therapy whatsoever! I sought help from my local MP who wrote personally to the head of Mental Health Services in disgust and we are still yet to hear a response. At times I feel desperately sad at being so let down by this so-called caring system...and yet ironically, the event I mentioned was finding my husbands horrifically mutilated body after his suicide - presumably from suffering a mental breakdown. If that isn’t a genuine enough reason to hurry through some much needed help and guidance to an obviously suffering patient then what is? Is it an acceptable/reasonable waiting time of 19 months post event with still no help in sight for the foreseeable future? I have lost a great deal recently - faith in the NHS and promises of help are amongst those things.

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