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Tell us your views on improvements to local mental health service

30th March 2015 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People in Leicester are being asked for their views on how mental health services will change in the future.

The Open Mind Service is for people aged 16 or over living in Leicester City who are feeling troubled, stressed, anxious or depressed and provides patients with a trained therapist who will help them to identify their problems and how they might deal with them through talking therapy sessions. The therapist can also direct them to other appropriate support and services.

The contract of this service will expire in 2016, which has given Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the chance to review the existing service and make changes of improvement for patients.

Towards the end of 2014 the CCG carried out a public consultation on the existing service, which resulted in a wide range of views, comments and suggestions. The CCG has incorporated these findings into new plans for the service and is now inviting the public to comment on its proposals, in order to help to shape the plans before they are finalised.

Dr Jawahar, GP board member and GP lead for mental health at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are extremely grateful to all the people who took time to respond to our initial consultation and we are extremely keen to find out what people think of our plans for the service going forward.

Changes we are proposing include the possibility of offering telephone support as well as face to face consultations, providing sessions in community venues as well as in GP practices and more flexible appointment times. We are also proposing that the provider of the Open Mind service will be able to subcontract to the voluntary sector, so that services can be tailored to better meet the needs of our patients.”

Research shows over half of all 16 to 64 year olds have at least one common mental health problem. It is estimated that 19% of women and 14% of men are affected by depression or anxiety at some time in their lives. The estimate suggests that 15% of people will experience depression and about 10% of children in Leicester also have a mental health problem.

The survey will be open until Monday 27th April 2015.
You can complete it online here. An easy read version and paper copies are also available on request.

Any questions or concerns contact beinvolved@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk  or speak to a member of the engagement team by calling 0116 295 4159.

For more information on the mental health services that the CCG buys please click here.

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