To: NHS HARDWICK CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP AND DERBYSHIRE COUNCIL
MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION IN DERBYSHIRE
Reverse the cuts and closures to mental health services across Derbyshire
Why is this important?
Mental Health services are not only being cut but actually being closed down . As a long term sufferer of mental health conditions both as a client and as a volunteer the situation is untenable .
The give just a few examples
Due to funding cuts from Central Government
Derby Steps Rethink Mental illness funding cuts
DORA chesterfield to close March 2017
The Croft . Ripley Rethink (decision from CCG Jan 21st
Red Cross Dementia Care/ MH Alfreton/Belper/ Ilkeston/ Long Eaton (been volunteer for seven years) Cease operations March 2017
MHAG mental Health Action Group (which covers Amber Valley) Sept 2017
Moneywise CAB in the community Amber Valley through Derby CAB for MH scrapped
Amber Trust P3 / Ripley floating support cut from 2 years to 9 months etc
Probably more to follow
Where are people to go ? To interact in a safe environment etc ., See Derbyshire Healthwatch Report on Crisis Care just published.
"There is a massive increase in admissions to A& E by mental health sufferers as I'm sure you have heard/seen on TV and Radio .. Surely by cutting these services it makes the situation worse ?"The Mental Health Action Group is led by people living with a mental health condition who rely on
services in the community to help them stay well. At a time when the demand for mental health services has never been greater, vulnerable people are facing cuts in Derbyshire on an unprecedented scale. All manner of support services, money advice services, advocacy services, housing support services are being scaled down. It is dangerous to underestimate the cumulative effect of this on so many individuals and families. The gap between need and provision is widening all the time and people will disappear through that gap. How can we allow this to happen when the impact of mental illness has never been so well recognised nor the need to improve mental health care so well acknowledged?"
supporting statement from the
MENTAL HEALTH ACTION GROUP DERBY
RESTORE THESE SERVICES NOW