Doncaster CCG Supports World Mental Health Day

world-mental-health-day-300x300NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be celebrating this year’s World Mental Health Day.

Taking place on Saturday 10 October, the event aims to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity. One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.

Mental health is one of the CCG’s key clinical priorities for improvement. As part of this work, in partnership with Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, the organization has just launched the single point of access (SPA) for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

The SPA team operates around the clock, every day of the year, with specially trained handlers, supported by clinicians, on hand to answer calls. Responding to those in need, the caller is directed to the most appropriate service, ranging from advice and support to treatment.

In simple terms, it means that anyone who is experiencing a serious mental health problem, such as wanting to self-harm or having suicidal thoughts, can ring a single telephone number, 01302 566999, where they will have fast access to a healthcare professional who can help them.

The CCG is also currently re-developing the ‘recovery house’. This service gives patients who are in mental health crisis a ‘recovery house’ in which to stay for up to seven days, recuperate and work with services to help them get better.

Working in partnership with peer support organizations such as the People Focused Group (PFG), service users, voluntary sectors and other providers, the CCG aims to produce a high quality outline for the service that will be ready for 2016/17.

Andrea Butcher, Head of Strategy and Delivery for Mental Health at the CCG, said: “Events such as World Mental Health Day give us the chance to reflect on the work that we’re doing for the people of Doncaster and also understand what else needs to be done.

“Mental health forms a core part of the CCG’s clinical priorities and we are always looking at ways how we can improve critical services that help those who are in crisis or at a very low point in their life and need help accessing the treatment they need.”

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