£15 million boost for local mental health crisis services

People at risk of a mental health crisis will be able to access new support services under plans to give projects across the country a share of a £15 million fund.

The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will fund clinics, crisis cafés and other community services designed to prevent people from reaching crisis point, as well as develop new approaches to support those who do.

51 projects will receive a cash boost to improve support. They will do this by:

  • integrating health and care support with other services such as housing advice, addiction services and counselling
  • improving links with local voluntary and community sector partners
  • providing safe and secure spaces in the community for those experiencing distress

Timely support will help relieve pressures on hospitals by reducing unnecessary visits to A&E for those experiencing a crisis. The projects also include measures to strengthen the long-term support available to those at risk of a mental health crisis and to help prevent relapse.

Further information is available on the Department of Health and Social Care website.