Hull and East Yorkshire Mind welcome new funding but say more needs to be done

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by KCFM

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Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s Chief Executive says more needs to be done to improve mental health services, despite a new funding announcement.

It’s after the Prime Minister revealed a billion pounds will be spent on tackling mental healthcare, rebuilding housing estates and mentoring thousands of children through school.

David Smith believes it’s a step in the right direction, but there’s still a way to go: “We’re really pleased to see there’s a particular focus around women in pregnancy who are experiencing mental health difficulties, for people with eating disorders and also to make sure that all accident and emergency departments have good psychiatric liaison services.

“I am slightly worried it’s still not addressing the underlying difficulties people face. There’s a danger that when we look at funding very expensive clinical services, that we’re not actually sorting out the day-to-day issues that cause people to become mentally unwell in the first place.

“[We need to be] making sure that people have got healthy relationships, that they’re living in a good environment, that they’ve got safe and secure housing, they’ve got employment, that’s where we are struggling right now; until we can get those types of services and activities in place, everything else will be dealing with crisis problems that we really should’ve dealt with earlier.”

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Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by KCFM

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