Local improvements in mental health provision must be accompanied by a national plan


Following the Council executive approving of the plans for the creation of 53 new units of specialist mental health housing and support in the city, York Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to urgently develop a cross-departmental mental health plan.

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The proposed creation of two new specialist mental health supported housing schemes developed and delivered by specialist partners underlines the administration’s commitment to delivering major improvements in mental health provision. Following the news that the number of adults experiencing depression has nearly doubled during the last few months, it is crucial for the Government to recognise the toll that lockdown has taken on the wellbeing and mental health of so many.

York Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to urgently develop a cross-departmental mental health plan to improve mental wellbeing for those impacted by the pandemic, including increased funding and clearly-signposted support for every community.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Health, commented:

“I am really pleased to see the Council executive approve this plan, which will see us double our capacity to provide housing for people with complex needs, offering high levels of support. These proposals are in line with the city’s commitment to a ‘whole person, whole life, whole system’ approach which takes a more community-based approach to mental health and wellbeing.

“We have all seen the toll lockdown has taken. The scale and seriousness of the rise in depression and other serious mental health issues over the last few months is extremely worrying. With many experiencing bereavement, anxiety and isolation, it is clear that there will be long term impacts on the nation’s mental health long after the pandemic.

“Whilst here in York, we are committed to providing improvements to local mental health provision, it is crucial for the Government nationally to appreciate the impacts that this crisis has had on the wellbeing and mental health of so many across the country. They must act now to ensure no-one slips through the net as the scale of the mental health impact of this crisis emerges.”


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