Residents in Northamptonshire are being invited to have their say on adult mental health services, as local health and social care organisations look to develop a new mental health strategy in order to offer the best services to patients in the county.
Locally, Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Corby CCG and Northamptonshire County Council commission and monitor current services.
Transformation of mental health services to date has focussed on developing partnerships between health and social care services, voluntary and independent organisations to ensure that people receive responsive and co-ordinated services.
Ultimately the vision is to improve outcomes for mental health service users and promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst the population of Northamptonshire.
Mental health problems range from common disorders like anxiety and depression to far more severe but less common conditions, such as schizophrenia.
Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for adult social care Cllr Suresh Patel said: “Mental health is as important as physical health. We will work together to build a place that people feel proud and safe to live in and where all people with mental health problems, their families and carers needs and basic rights are met, recognized and respected.”
Dr David Smart, a GP from Northamptonshire and clinical lead for mental health at Nene and Corby CCG is calling for people to get involved in developing mental health services in the county.
“There is no health without mental health and mental health is everyone’s business. It is estimated that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and this will impact on families, friends, school, work and communities. As a general practitioner I know that good mental health and wellbeing are fundamental to physical health and to achieving our potential. We would like everyone in Northamptonshire to have access to excellent mental health services and we invite people to get involved and tell us what they think about current services and what they would like to see in the future”
A series of information and listening events will take place in February and March to enable local people to meet with commissioners of mental health services and have a say in the development of the strategy.
Details of these events can be found on the Nene CCG NHS website or by calling us on 01604 651133.
Alternatively you can have your say online by completing a short survey: