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Lichfield and Burntwood residents asked for views on mental health services

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked for their views on the state of mental health and wellbeing services and support in the area.

Health and social care bosses are keen to gather feedback as part of a project linked to a new county-wide strategy.

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, said: “As many as one in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, so it’s vitally important that services are as good as they can be.

“We know there have been problems in the past, including long waiting times and poor communication, for example, and we hope the new strategy will help.

“The views of people who use services, or have done in the past, provide a valuable first-hand insight and information that will be key to ensuring the right improvements are made in the right areas.

“We want to hear from anyone with recent experience of using mental health services and support in the county and we’ll make sure their voices are heard.”

The strategy – Mental Health is Everybody’s Business – spells out a series of changes designed to improve support for sufferers and their families or carers.

Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, added: “We want to change the way we work to help tackle the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and give everyone the best opportunity to lead happy, healthy, productive lives.

“But we can’t do this alone and we want residents to be involved in helping us shape services to better meet the needs of people facing mental health issues.”

Anyone wanting to give their views can call Healthwatch free on 0800 051 8371 or complete an online survey.

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