Summit on mental health

Published on 10 March 2016

A SUMMIT on mental health will be held tomorrow (Fri 11 March), bringing together professionals to discuss how to improve services.

The summit, which takes place at City Hall, will feature speakers specialising in mental health, and will be attended by service users and their carers as well as by professionals from the NHS, the city council, Healthwatch Leicester and other voluntary and community organisations.

Speakers will also include Jon Ashworth MP and Cllr Rory Palmer, deputy city mayor and lead on health integration for Leicester.

Cllr Palmer said: “This summit will bring together professionals with people who use mental health services. It’s an important chance for these groups to work together to improve services in the future.

“We know that mental health is an extremely important issue and that growing numbers of people will come into contact with mental health services in the future, either directly or indirectly. That’s why it’s so important we work together with our partners to discuss how to provide effective care, especially in a climate of Government cuts.

“I’m particularly pleased that Healthwatch, our local health watchdog, will be joining us at the summit. Healthwatch has helped us to set up this event, and plays an important role in presenting the views of people who use our services.”

The event will also include a series of workshops, and will focus particularly on how to build services in the community that allow people to recover and maintain their independence.