Trust says have your say on the future of national mental health care


Would you like to help shape the future of mental health services? Then why not attend a public workshop on the Government’s new mental health strategy.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to local people, is supporting the Government’s New Horizons consultation by encouraging local people, including those who use its services, to give their views at a workshop to be held in Leeds on 8th October.

The consultation was launched earlier this year by the minister for health Phil Hope aimed at a dynamic new approach to promoting good mental health and wellbeing and improving services.

The New Horizons consultation provides a unique opportunity for local people to have their say and influence how mental health services are developed.

To support the consultation process the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in Yorkshire and Humber is holding a workshop to give local people the opportunity to have their say.

It is hoped that people who use mental health services across the region will attend the workshop as well as carers, health and social care commissioners, practitioners and third sector groups.

The Trust’s chief executive Steven Michael said, "Mental health services provide much needed care in local communities, but if services are to continue to grow and improve, it is vital that local people – the people who matter most, have their say on any decisions affecting how they develop. As we enter the next decade, services need to be personalised, allowing people who use services to make decisions about their treatment, monitor their own condition and tell the professionals what it is they want to help get their life back on track." He continued, "New Horizons makes mental health everybody’s business and the consultation process, especially this event, provides a unique opportunity for people to have a voice and make a difference to mental health services. With one on four of us experiencing a mental health problem in any one year, it is definitely worth thinking about."

The workshop will also enable people to network and share positive practice and challenges in relation to emerging policy and environment for mental health and wellbeing.

The event is to be held in Leeds on Thursday 8th October and will run from 9am to 4pm.

To book a place on the workshop contact Jo Leeming-Sykes of the Yorkshire & Humber Improvement Partnership on 01904 717264 or email her on

If anyone is unable to attend the event but still wishes to have an input into the consultation, comments can be submitted directly through an online questionnaire.

Local people can find out more about New Horizons, as well as how to contribute to the consultation by visiting

Trust says have your say on the future of national mental health care

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