Be a part of the district’s new mental health and wellbeing strategy

People in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are being invited to have their say on mental health services, as local health and social care organisations look to develop a new mental health strategy to offer the best services to patients across the district.

Local clinical leaders want to find out people’s views on how the district’s mental health services should be developed and delivered to make sure everyone has the best support to prevent mental ill health and achieve mental wellbeing. 

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The strategy, which is being developed in partnership with Bradford Council, will focus on what can be done to promote and retain good mental health, prevent mental health problems and improve the health and wellbeing of those living with and recovering from mental illnesses.

The three local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts want as many people as possible to get involved in developing local mental health services by sharing their experiences and saying how they think things could be made better.

As well as the core mental health services, there is also a need for local people and organisations, the NHS, local authority and the voluntary and community sector to do the things that will support good mental health and wellbeing and remove barriers that prevent people from accessing care.

This may include providing choices that promote good housing and a place in the community, strengthen families, enable friendships, build networks, and support employment, activities and positive lifestyles.

Dr Angela Moulson, clinical lead for mental health for the Bradford CCGs, said: “Mental health is as important as physical health. We are working together to build a place where the needs and basic rights of all people with mental health problems, and their families and carers, are met, recognised and respected.

“We want everyone in the district to have access to excellent mental health services and we really want people to get involved and tell us what they think about current services and what they would like to see in the future.”

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG’s clinical lead for mental health, Dr Brendan Kennedy, said: “There’s no health without mental health and mental health is everyone’s business. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and this will impact on families, friends, school, work and communities. As a GP I know that good mental health and wellbeing are fundamental to physical health and to achieving our potential.

“Over the last five years we’ve heard lots of things about the type of mental health and wellbeing services that local people would like to be developed. During the next few weeks we’ll be working with a number of local groups to check whether this information is still accurate and what other gaps in services we need to consider.”

People can take part by emailing: consultation@bradford.nhs.uk or by submitting the online form here