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Redesigning adult mental health services across the city: have your say

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People in Birmingham are being urged to attend a free event to have their say on improving adult community mental health services across the city.

A local NHS clinical commissioning group is keen to hear how mental health services can be delivered better in the future, and has organised an event with a series of activities and presentations to capture people’s views.

Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is leading the consultation to redesign current services, and pave the way for a more holistic approach in order to make improvements and introduce a new model of city-wide community adult mental health services.

The event will be held on Saturday May 10 at the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, and will take place on the 1st floor in room 104 from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.

It has been created to stimulate conversation with people who use mental health services, along with health professionals and clinicians. Views and opinions captured on the day will help to inform a change in the way adult mental health services will be run in the future.

Dr Aqil Chaudary, a GP and mental health lead for Birmingham CrossCity CCG, said: “This event is a real opportunity for people in Birmingham to have their say and shape mental health services in the future. It’s vital that we bring the experiences of users and carers to help inform decisions and make services better.

“In the past we have been told that some services can be fragmented, confusing and difficult to access. We need to change this, and can only do that by finding out how they can be improved by the very people who come into contact with adult community mental health services.”

Birmingham CrossCity CCG is leading the Primary Care and Community Mental Health Service Redesign consultation, working collaboratively with Birmingham South Central CCG, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Birmingham City Council to provide a city-wide model.

You can also have your say on the consultation by:

Visiting - http://www.jointcommissioningbirmingham.org.uk/index.php/31-news/166-primary-care-community-mental-health-service-redesign-consultation

 The Primary Care & Community Mental Health Service Redesign Consultation will end on 6 June 2014.

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Talking therapies - talking therapies can help those with mental health issues to work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings in order to make positive changes in life. Currently two types of services are available; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT) and counselling services. The IAPT service is accessible for people who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety disorders.

Community mental health teams - community mental health teams (CMHT) coordinate care for those who receive community-based mental health. This includes carrying out mental health assessments, planning treatment and delivering care. The teams deal with more complex mental health needs and include mental health workers such as psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and occupational therapists.

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