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Merseyside to get mental health funding boost

7th October 2005

More than £170 million has been pledged to improve mental health services across Merseyside.

Specialist adult mental health provider Mersey Care NHS Trust has also announced plans to raise awareness of mental health problems, which affect one in four people in the region.

The Trust plans to invest around £171 million in new community mental health and learning disability services for Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, over the next few years. The organisation has launched a public consultation on the proposals and is inviting comments.

Events have been organised across Liverpool and Sefton to mark World Mental Health Day on Monday October 10th and the Trust will be promoting good mental health. Events organised include an open top bus touring schools and colleges promoting awareness of how young people can get support and help for mental health problems and a drop in event health workers.

Mersey Care chairman Steve Hawkins said: "We want people to understand the importance and inter-dependence of good mental and physical health at every stage of life. Research suggests that people with mental health problems pay relatively small regard to their physical health, which can contribute to wide scale problems such as obesity, heart disease and cancer."

Alan Yates, chief executive of Mersey Care NHS Trust, added: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our facilities from overcrowded and inhumane environments into ones which support and promote service users’ recovery.

"The new inpatient facilities will enable our staff to provide the very highest standards of care, and they will be located at the heart of local communities, to make them as accessible as possible."