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Yorkshire Coast Mental Health Scheme Extended

Yorkshire Coast Mental Health Scheme Extended

Published by Karen Liu at 12:37pm 2nd March 2020.

A scheme that offers mental health support is being extended on the Yorkshire Coast.

Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have partnered with Humberside Police and local NHS organisations to offer vital support to those in crisis. 

The scheme which was originally launched in January 2017, saw an experienced member of staff from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind working in the force's command centre to assist those experiencing a mental health crisis or feeling vulnerable.  

Following the success of the initial pilot, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have now been awarded an extended contract by Humberside Police to continue this work for a further 2 years.

The scheme is backed by the four Clinical Commissioning Groups from across the Humberside Police area and is seen as a significant part of our approach to supporting people who need help.

Emma Dallimore. Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:

“We knew at the start of the pilot that there was a need for this service but had no idea what impact our presence in the police control room would have.

The police are the first point of contact for many people in mental health crisis, their families, friends, carers and other service providers.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is now working to support the force to provide that support.

The core of our work is helping people experiencing a mental health crisis to access the right support, spending time being a listening ear and exploring their circumstances and options.

We are also in a position to get people the emergency mental health support they need, at the right time, from the right people. 

It’s an exciting and rewarding experience for everyone from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind  and we feel very privileged to be part of this partnership with Humberside Police to improve the experience of vulnerable people.”

Superintendent Tracy Bradley from Humberside Police said:

"A large proportion of calls received by the Police are related to calls about mental health and vulnerability.  

Police call taker staff will take all the calls as they normally would, but if they have an element of mental health they can transfer that call to the Hull and East Yorkshire Mind staff member who will engage with them."

This support initiative has been jointly commissioned with 4 local Clinical Commissioning Groups; North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, East Riding and Hull.

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