The acute mental health review
The consultation has been developed to offer the people of Dorset the chance to have their say on proposed changes. The aim of the review is to help prevent an acute mental health crisis, and to equip the services better to help manage these crises if/when they do occur.
People who use mental health services and their carers; local clinicians, people who work in mental health services, local authorities and the voluntary sector have all contributed to the proposals.
- Increasing inpatient beds by 16 so that people can access them earlier and to stop people being placed out of Dorset;
- The introduction of community front rooms – safe places to go when things start to go wrong, based in familiar settings within the community;
- Creation of Retreats – safe places where people can get the right treatment and support when they need it, located with community mental health teams;
- Improvements to 24/7 crisis telephone line to include a new service called Connection.
The aim of these proposals is to allow people access to places and services out-of-hours and at weekends.
Where can I find the consultation and questionnaire?
The consultation documents, and a short questionnaire, will be widely available at various across the county. This includes: GP surgeries, Community Mental Health Team offices, St Ann’s Hospital in Poole, Forston Clinic in Dorchester, and the Linden Unit at Westhaven Hospital, Weymouth.
A series of 15 drop-in events are running throughout the consultation period. The attached illustration gives further details of them.
The official statistic is that 1 in 4 people will suffer a diagnosable mental health illness in their lifetime. This means there’s a strong possibility that you or someone you know will need to use Dorset’s mental health services.
Make sure your views are heard before the 31st March deadline.
And finally, you can also offer feedback on the consultation itself. Let Healthwatch Dorset know what you think of the consultation and the questionnaire.