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South West receives £2m boost for local mental health crisis services

South West receives £2m boost for local mental health crisis services. Photo: ITV New

People in the South West of England who are at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis will be able to access new support services under plans announced by the Government to give projects across the country a share of a £15 million fund.

The Beyond Places of Safety Scheme will fund clinics, crisis cafés, and other community services designed to prevent people from reaching crisis point, as well as supporting new approaches and facilities for those who do.

The South West region is set to get over £2m as part of the Beyond Places of Safety Scheme. The five projects which will receive funding are:

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dorset Health Care University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Community Education Providers Network (CEPN), Plymouth

A total of 51 projects nationally will receive a cash boost in order to realise plans to improve support.

The last place anyone experiencing a mental health crisis should be is in a busy A&E department or a police cell.

We are funding a range of innovative local projects that will provide a safety net for those at risk of mental health crisis and make sure they receive the care they need in a safe and secure setting. This builds on our previous grant scheme and will strengthen essential services to help prevent people from reaching crisis point, whilst improving support for those who do.

The Beyond Places of Safety fund was launched last year by the Prime Minister and follows the success of a previous scheme which helped to develop hospital based Places of Safety for people experiencing a crisis to avoid them ending up in police cells. Since this scheme started the numbers of detentions in police cells under the Mental Health Act has fallen by over 90%.

– Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities