Services supporting people with mental health issues across Birmingham and Solihull have been given a welcome funding boost of nearly half a million pounds this winter.
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has secured additional funding from NHS England to boost services being provided by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust; Forward Thinking Birmingham, the city’s mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds; Solar the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health service in Solihull; charities and third sector organisations.
It is hoped that the £492,000 will also help to reduce pressure on other NHS services, such as A&E, which is often used by people experiencing mental distress.
The funding will go towards supporting:
Joanne Carney, NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG’s Director of Joint Commissioning responsible for mental health, said: “Winter is a tough time for many of us, especially for those vulnerable to mental distress.
“This funding award is great news for Birmingham and Solihull and will mean we can do more for more people. The extra levels of support and care we will be able to provide will also relieve pressure on services that experience increased demand at this time of year.”
Helen Wadley, Chief Executive Officer of Birmingham Mind, added: “I am really pleased that Change Brief Therapy and Cruse Birmingham are both part of Birmingham’s Winter Pressure successful bid.
“Third sector organisations came together really quickly and came up with innovative pathways to add value to the support Birmingham Mind already delivers through its Crisis Cafes.”