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Decisions made on the future of mental health services in Southampton

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The local NHS and Southampton City Council have announced plans to redesign mental health services in the city, based on feedback from local people.

Local views were gathered during the spring, as part of the Mental Health Matters consultation, which was run by NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Southampton City Council and the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Dr Sue Robinson, Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Local views are so important to us and we are really grateful to everyone who took part in our consultation. Every year one in four people in Southampton experiences a mental health problem, so we are committed to ensuring we have the right services in place to support people.

The majority of people told us that they agreed with the proposals in our Mental Health Matters consultation and work has already started based on the feedback we received. This includes introducing employment support within community mental health services, a new eating disorder team for children and young people and improvements to the support available for people facing mental health crisis.”

Councillor David Shields, Health and Wellbeing Board Chair said: “Supporting people with mental health issues is vital to the city’s wellbeing and we want to ensure mental health has the same priority as physical health.

The conclusion of the consultation marks the start of the next phase in our Mental Health Matters programme and it is great that work is already underway. We will also be bringing together groups of local people, carers, clinicians and other stakeholders to further develop services in a range of areas. These include acute mental health and crisis support, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) for 0 - 25 year olds and mental health in primary care (GP practices).”

Dr Robinson concluded: “The full Mental Health Matters consultation report is now available on our website, the report presents a summary of the responses we received during the consultation and sets out our next steps. Keep an eye on our website as we will be updating it regularly to reflect progress.”