Local mental health projects win share of national funding

By 22nd June 2018Mental Health

Four local projects which will provide support to people facing mental health issues within the Humber, Coast and Vale area have been successful in gaining national funding. Working together through the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, local health and care organisations submitted bids to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Beyond Places of Safety Fund to introduce or extend local service provision. The additional investment achieved through these bids will enable local organisations to improve the services they offer to people experiencing mental health crisis or at risk of mental health crisis to ensure they get the right care in the right place at the right time.

The Four Projects are:

  • Safe Space Café – North East Lincolnshire
  • Crisis Café – Hull
  • Mental Health Crisis Assessment Suite – Miranda House, Hull
  • Improvements to A&E facilities – York Hospital

Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board, said: “providing proactive care and support for people experiencing mental health issues and helping them to avoid a crisis is one of the key priorities for our partnership. By working together we have been able to secure much-needed additional funding, which will help us to improve the services that are available for local people across our area.”

Safe Space Café – NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC, North East Lincolnshire

NAViGO will use the funding received to modify a community building in North East Lincolnshire, from which they will run an out-of-hours crisis café called ‘Safe Space’. The facility will offer instant, practical support for vulnerable people with a range of problems impacting upon their mental health. It will be a safe place for people to come for support out of hours and provides an alternative to attending the local mental health crisis team, A&E or Police detention under the Mental Health Act. The service will run from a centralised community building, outside of normal working hours, initially for three evenings per week.

Jane Lewington, Chief Executive NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC, said: “As a Community Interest Company, staff and service users have a significant say on the organisation’ priorities. At our AGM in September, staff and community members voted overwhelmingly for Safe Space as NAViGO’s project of the year. NAViGO’s board of directors fully supports and encourages the successful implementation of the project.

“The funding will be used to modify a centrally located community building which will be used to provide a needs-based, out-of-hours facility within North East Lincolnshire – an important step in offering a comprehensive crisis response for local residents”.

Miranda House Improvements – Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, Hull and East Riding

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded just over £400,000 from the fund. The Trust will use the money to expand its Miranda House unit in Hull to develop a new mental health crisis assessment suite, a ‘safe space’ for adults, and a second area within the current Section 136 Suite facilities.

Claire Holmes, the Trust’s Interim Transformation Lead for Adult Mental Health, said: “The funding will mean people experiencing a mental health crisis who come into contact with the emergency services will have an alternative place to go for support on a 24/7 basis.

“Currently, there are not the facilities to provide a crisis assessment service at Miranda House.

“As a result of the improvements, we would hope to see a reduction in the number of people detained under the Mental Health Act, and of those in crisis who initially seek help through accident and emergency departments.”

Crisis Café – Goodwin Development Trust, Hull

The Goodwin Development Trust (GDT), in partnership with Hull City Council, were successful in a bid to fund a Crisis Cafe which will provide support to people experiencing mental health issues and to help avoid a crisis situation.

The Goodwin Development Trust proposed to develop a mental health café as a safe place to enable people to socialise, relax and develop new and existing skills, while working with other partners to provide facilities to counsel and support as part of a whole system approach to prevent escalation into a crisis. The venue already has a café. The secured funding will help make it suitable for work experience with a trained and experienced chef, as well as people-centred activities such as exercise or art classes. The capital grant will transform the seating area of the café into a safe, secure and comfortable area where people can engage in social activities and wrap-around support activities.

David Smith, CEO of Hull & East Yorkshire Mind said: “it’s fantastic news and we (MIND) are delighted that Hull has received this investment to support local people and we look forward to working closely with the project in the future.”

Clive Darnell, Business Development Manager at the Goodwin Development Trust said: “we are pleased the project has been selected to be taken forward to the next stage and we look forward to working with partners around the community to support local people.”

Cubicle ‘C’ Improvements – York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, York

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £4,900 from the fund. The Trust will use the money to improve a cubicle in the Emergency Department at York Hospital, making it a safer and more suitable environment for patients with mental health problems.

The application for funding was made in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust, Mental Health Liaison Team, who are based in the Emergency Department and see patients who are considered to require a mental health assessment.

Mike Lee, ED Operational Manager, York Hospital said:  “The Emergency Department is a busy and highly pressurised environment, which isn’t suitable for patients who are vulnerable or who have mental health problems.

“This funding will mean that we can create a more suitable, safe environment which will improve patient experience and ensure they get the best support we can offer.”

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