Our plans for mental health

Our plans for mental health are focus on two areas; making sure we can help prevent the onset of mental health problems, and, supporting those living with a mental illness to manage their condition and recover.

In Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, mental health issues with affect approximately 155,000 people during their lifetime. This is equivalent to 1 in 4 people living in the area*. At any one time, 6,200 people will need specialist mental health services. We expect the number of people in our area with mental health needs will rise at a similar rate to the increase in the general population. 

There is national recognition that mental health should be treated with the same importance as physical health - commonly termed 'parity of esteem'. A number of recent national policies have recommended areas for development, including new standards, these policies include:

The work we are doing here in Bradford has been quoted in Implementing the Five Year Forward View. Specifically highlighted are our mental health liaison service and the resdesign of the acute care pathway to eliminate out of area placements. We are also responding to these national policies by making changes that address local need and meet these new standards, this includes:

  • a 24/7 emergency First Response service, accessible to people of all ages in Bradford and district,
  • when inpatient care is needed, providing this closer to home, family and friends,
  • effective services to monitor and improve the physical health of people with a severe mental illness,
  • improving memory assessment services, the treatment of people with dementia and making sure support is available for carers,
  • ensuring people suffering from anxiety and depression have access to psychological therapies. 

Effective treatments can prevent or reduce distress to individuals and families. That's why we are working to design services to meet acute needs when they occur, and prevent milder problems from becoming more serious conditions. 

Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven is considered a system leader - specifically for crisis care, dementia care and the design of innovative services which meet both mental health and physical health needs. 

We are currently working on the development of our mental health strategy for the next five years. This is due to be published in Autumn 2016. The strategy will set out how we will continue to address specific areas of need for our local population and improve mental health and wellbeing across Bradford and district. 

*determined by population statistics from the Bradford and Airedale Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.