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Published Monday, 09 December 2013

A strategy for adults with mental health problems in Enfield has just been developed and residents are being asked to comment on it in a consultation which ends on 10 February 2014.

This joint strategy is devised by Enfield Council, the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with the Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, representatives of people who access mental health services, their carers and voluntary and community organisations.

Views are being gathered from online consultations, through conversations with people with mental health problems; carers and health practitioners and at two public events.

Cllr Don McGowan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Care & Health, said, “Mental health problems can strike people at any time and the effects can be devastating. We want a robust strategy that offers constructive help and challenges the stigma associated with mental health issues.

“We are working with the NHS to produce a strategy for the next five years, but we need the input from our residents to ensure that we reflect local needs. We aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population of Enfield and to improve recovery for adults with mental health problems living in the borough.”

Dr Anshu Bhagat, local GP and member of Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body said: “Good mental health is as important as good physical health. The CCG is committed to ensuring that patients in Enfield have access to high quality mental health services and we are pleased to be working with Enfield Council and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust to develop a joint strategy.

“It is really important that we get the views of patients, carers and the public during the consultation. I encourage everyone to have their say so that together we can improve the health and wellbeing of our community.”

The consultation results will be available on the websites of Enfield Council, Enfield CCG and the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust from 10 March 2014.

The final strategy will be published in June 2014 and will be available on the each organisation’s web-site.  

Some facts and figures about mental health in Enfield:
• At least one in four adults will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and one in six adults is experiencing a mental health problem at any one time.
• Almost half of all adults will experience at least one episode of depression during their lifetime.
• On average, people with schizophrenia die 15-25 years earlier than other people
• Depression is associated with 50% increased mortality from all disease.
• Mental health problems are estimated to be the commonest cause of premature death

There will be two public consultation events on:

Tuesday 7 January 2014 – 12 noon – 4pm at the Dugdale Centre
Tuesday 21 January 2014 –  9am – 1pm at Green Towers, Edmonton Green

If you would like to attend one of the consultation events, please e-mail us or look for more details on the council's website.

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