Improving mental health and wellbeing in Knowsley

Published on: Friday, 10-October-2014

A key priority for Knowsley’s Health and Wellbeing Board is improving the mental health and wellbeing of residents. 

The Board commissioned a review of mental health needs locally, how these needs could be met, identify any gaps in provision and where systems need to change to improve access to support.

As part of the initial review, service users, local residents, practitioners, commissioners and providers were consulted to assess the issues and support available across the borough.

The findings of the review have informed the development of an Interim Findings Report, which will be available from today (10 October).  This also coincides with World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and challenge the stigma associated with mental health issues.

The review identified a number of key issues including the need for more preventative services and improvements to the transition from children to adult mental health services.
 
The findings will now be used to develop a long-term programme, which will be developed with residents and service users at the heart of the new approach.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Chair of Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Board and Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “This report, the first of its kind in Knowsley, has highlighted the issues we need to address. The work that commences in response to this report will focus on redesigning services to ensure residents can access the help they need at an early stage to prevent the issues escalating. We will now turn our findings into actions that will support our priority and commitment to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our residents.”

The report is available on the Knowsley Health and Wellbeing website – visit www.knowsleyhwb.org.uk