Promise to help mental health care in the city

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A COMMITMENT has been made from 13 public organisations to improve mental health care.

It was formalised in the signing of the Crisis Care Concordat at the first meeting of Portsmouth’s Mental Health Alliance.

Dr Janet Maxwell, director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘The alliance will develop an action plan for improving mental health and wellbeing so we can provide better opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds.

‘The plan will focus on the three key areas; promoting better mental health, prevention of mental health problems and the improvement of mental health services.’

Organsations involved are Portsmouth City Council, Seap Advocacy Service, Solent Mind, Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, Hampshire Constabulary, Solent NHS Trust, South Central Ambulance Service, Richmond Fellowship, Salvation Army, Portsmouth Mind, Society of St James, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Healthwatch Portsmouth.