Mental health plan welcomed

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


PLANS to improve the care of people suffering a mental health crisis have been welcomed by Hampshire and the Isle of Wight police and crime commissioner.

Simon Hayes said the crisis care concordat, signed by the Department of Health, Home Office and the mental health charity Mind, would build on work underway in the two counties.

The concordat is aimed at securing improvements in the treatment of people going through a mental health crisis, ensuring they are taken to a hospital or healthcare facility and not a police cell, when mental health services are stretched.

He said: "From a policing perspective, I am keen to ensure resources are used more effectively and outcomes are improved for people with mental health problems. It is critical that more health-based places of safety are provided for mental health patients at a time of crisis — especially those under 18 years — rather than patients being detained in police cells.

"To this end, Hampshire Constabulary and the NHS Trusts in Southampton and the Isle of Wight are piloting Operation Serenity to integrate mental health and policing expertise to ensure incidents involving mental health patients are managed appropriately for the wellbeing of the patient and the local community."

The scheme was introduced on the Island in November 2012, with mental health workers accompanying police to mental health crisis calls on Friday and Saturday nights.

There are hopes to extend it to the rest of the week.



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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 20:19:05

That is odd Peter, you hadn't made a comment on here until now? I have backed this as you can see from my comments below. What are your thoughts over mental health issues? And you assume I have never lost a loved one - do you open your eyes?

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 20:17:23

Peter - 'right on cue' !

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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 22:40:58

I believe many people do and or will suffer with mental illness over their lifetime. It is important to make sure the right support and care is out there for all!

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by Mat Thomas

19th February 2014, at 11:20:36

Mental Health is still stigmatised and criminalised. Hence the lumping together of Policing and Health. Lock up or institutionalise? The Home Office and MIND charity have never had an easy relationship. Successive Governments have never recognised Anxiety or Depression as legitimate claimants of benefits. In fact stress related illness is the main cause of inability to work. At some time or another 1 in 3 people have a mental related problem. The issue is how people cope and whether it is acceptable to exist under the pressure of a return to Victorian "values".

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 13:00:53

Mental health is a very big issue and it affects so many people. I am glad action is being put into place to support this.

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