Published On: Tue, Nov 25th, 2014 on 3:37 am

Proposals made for ‘Talking Shop’ mental health service in Wakefield

Dr Clive Harries

Dr Clive Harries

New ‘Talking Shops’ to give people speedy access to basic mental health care could arrive in the Wakefield district.

Proposed by the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), anyone experiencing anxiety, depression or stress could be referred to a ‘Talking Shop’ to get support from staff who understand mental health and can provide basic help about other support services like housing and debt advice.

They would also offer support for families, carers and even friends of people who have mental health problems by phone line or drop-in service.

The ‘Shop’ could be located at a fixed address but may also include a travelling mobile unit.

The CCG’s mental health lead, local GP Dr Clive Harries, said: “Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people directly, but add in the family, friends and work colleagues of people who have mental ill health and the net effect is huge – which is why mental health services are a top priority for us.”

The proposals came from feedback received by the CCG by over 600 local people earlier this year.

The majority felt they wanted faster access to specialist services and said they don’t always feel that they get the support they need.

Alix Jeavons, commissioning manager, said: “We’re still discussing how to make this happen and we’d like to hear from anyone else who wants to comment on mental health services and what they should look like in future.”

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