We know people face challenges accessing care and treatment for their mental health every day. Many face long waiting times, while others struggle even to be referred for help or to find out about the support that is available locally.
Councillors can help by ensuring their local authority:
- Expands psychological wellbeing support based within the third sector.
- Works with partners in Health and Social Care Partnerships to commission mental health peer support services.
- Works with integration authorities to take a longer-term strategic approach to commissioning, including offering five-year social care contracts as a minimum.
- Works with integration authorities to ensure every GP surgery has enough Community Link Workers to meet local needs.