Mental Health is a growing issue in the Peterborough area, and as a rep on the Health Scrutiny Committee, I can assure you it is regularly spoken about.
However, I’m keen to here from people who have first hand experience of any support (or lack of) they have received?
For example, in previous minutes it stated:
The 24/7 mental health help line that covered the whole of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, only had a children’s mental health specialist available until 5pm at present.
That the Clinical Commissioning Group was looking to ensure local services included a single front door for mental health referrals and an examination of how looked after children could be better supported.
All of the youth counselling resources across Peterborough and Cambridge were being pooled and a new provider would be starting in January 2018.
Sadly, since 2010 mental health funding has been cut, the number of mental health nurses has fallen by 6,600 and remaining mental health budgets have been raided to plug holes elsewhere in the NHS.
Half of the people with mental health problems as adults present with symptoms by the age of 14.
Yet, across England, only 8% of mental health funding goes to services for children and young people.
Please let me know your thoughts and experiences below!
The suicide rate in Peterborough has decreased steadily since 2010-2012 when the rate was significantly above both the England and East of England rates and is now similar to the England average.
This is obviously good news, and I have no doubt that the decision to finally erect barriers on the Queensgatecar park have been a factor …. It’s a real shame that they were not erected earlier!
Whilst I welcome the news, I still believe we need more support for public mental health and well-being in Peterborough.
The Conservative controlled City Council must address this and the need for services which identify and support those at risk.
They must also ensure that suicide prevention is given greater priority, so that fewer families experience the heartache of losing a family member to suicide.
For example, I would like to see the telephone number for the Samaritans advertised in locations likely to be used for suicide, such as the train station, and publicity messages adorned to the walls of underpasses and alley ways, throughout the city.
Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts or opinions below!