Mental Health Week – 16–22 May 2016

Published Monday, 9th May 2016

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) is committed to preventing abuse of people with a mental health condition and supports Mental Health Week 16 to 22 May.

Kathy McAteer, Chair of the WSAB, said: “Mental Health Week raises critical issues to improve the lives of people who have a mental health condition.  We all want to work towards a world with good mental health, and ending the inequalities and most important to ensure that people experiencing mental health problems, living with learning disabilities or reduced mental capacity are kept safe.

“We are committed to working together to improve the system of care and support so people at risk of abuse or neglect because of a mental health condition are kept safe and helped to find the support they need.

Cllr Marcus Hart, cabinet member with responsibility for Health and Well-Being said: "Recent studies suggest that as many as 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer a mental health problem in any given year. Mental health is therefore a pressing concern, which is why Worcestershire County Council is supporting Mental Health Week.

"Thanks to such invaluable events, there is now a greater awareness and understanding of mental health problems and learning disabilities than ever before. It is important that we remain committed to providing the best possible safeguarding and support services at all times to people who need them."

If you have concerns that you, or someone that you know, is being abused or neglected:

·         If you believe a crime has been committed call the police on 999.

·         If you need an urgent response please call 01905 768053 (if calling about concerns for an adult) or

·         Callers wishing to discuss concerns about a child or young person can now dial 01905 822666

Otherwise please see the online referral form on Your Life, Your Choice website to raise a safeguarding concern on http://ylyc.worcesterhsire.gov.uk

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board operates at a strategic level to monitor the effectiveness of the safeguarding work carried out in Worcestershire by all our partner agencies.  These partners work hard to ensure that adults in Worcestershire with care and support needs, who are at risk of abuse, are protected from harm.

The Board partners undertaking this work include, the County Council; Worcestershire NHS Acute Trust; Worcestershire NHS Health and Care Trust; NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG; NHS South Worcestershire CCG; NHS Wyre Forest CCG; the West Mercia and Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Probation Trust; Carer representatives; Independent Sector Provider representatives; Voluntary Sector representatives.

However, safeguarding is everyone’s business and the Board engages with the wider community in the development of the Board’s strategy.

The Board also aims to engage with people who have been or, are at risk of abuse, in the development of safeguarding strategy, policy and process so that we can make safeguarding personal.

For more information on WSAB go to http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wsab