Press Release – ‘Raise the Bar’ for mental health in Staffordshire

North Staffs Mind helps ‘raise the bar’ for mental health in Staffordshire

People experiencing mental health issues in Staffordshire, representatives from North Staffs Mind, and around 50 MPs from across the country discussed mental health services at a parliamentary reception this month.

The event, Mental Health: Raising the Bar, was organised by national mental health charity Mind and took place in the House of Commons in Westminster, on Wednesday, September 13, with the aim of promoting conversations between people with mental health problems, local Minds responsible for providing services, and policymakers.

Jack Brereton, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, showed his commitment to ‘raising the bar’ for mental health services in Staffordshire by supporting the event.

North Staffs Mind helps over 9,000 people in Staffordshire each year. Around 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but North Staffs Mind says many people still aren’t getting the support they need.

The Government has recently accepted all the recommendations made within the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, the five-year plan for improving services and support for people with mental health problems, and committed an additional £1billion to transform mental health services between now and 2020/2021.

NHS England is also now required to regularly share local data on mental health services through a new ‘mental health dashboard’, enabling anyone to hold it to account.

The figures show whether local services are meeting their targets when it comes to several measures, such as access rates and waiting times for talking therapies.

You can see some images from the event here