One in four of us will have mental health problems during our life.
One in 10 children also experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do. In fact a quarter of all GP appointments in Merseyside and Cheshire are for a mental health issue.
People with mental health problems are more likely to have poor physical health and vice versa. The cost of care for patients with long term illnesses who develop mental health problems is set to almost double.
Improving mental health is a national priority, and NHS organisations and local councils in Cheshire and Merseyside have come together to plan jointly for the future.
Together we’re committed to:
• Supporting people to live better quality lives by actively promoting the things that will have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing, and reduce reliance on health services
• Developing joined up models of care, outside of hospital, to give people the support they need in the right place, from the right professionals at the right time
• Designing modern, high quality hospital services; reducing variation in quality and ensuring a clinical and financially sustainable hospital system
• Becoming more efficient by reducing costs in corporate services, and maximising the efficiency of clinical support services.
In our work we will:
Identify and support women with perinatal depression and anxiety
- Increase dementia diagnosis rates and create dementia-friendly health and care settings
Make it easier for people to get care placements in community settings near where they live
- Help more people access psychological therapies
Increase access to high-quality mental health care for children and young people
- Improve outcomes for children with conduct disorder
Help people stay out of hospital and reduce lengths of stay
Explore the development of a new specialist service for people with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS)
Develop better mental health services to the armed forces community by commissioning alongside the Ministry of Defence
Have mental health teams in hospitals for people of all ages
Develop supported housing so people can be safely discharged from psychiatric care into the community
Increase access to Individual Placement and Support Services to help people with severe and enduring mental health problems find and sustain employment
The lead for this programme is Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive of the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.