York residents can soon share their experiences and views on mental health services in the city in order to help shape a new service.
The Connecting Our City project aims to support people with mental illnesses to live well in the city, supported by a range of community-based initiatives.
The latest of these is to develop a mental health hub. This will offer help from a multi-disciplinary team.
This hub will have a particular focus on improving treatment for adults with a diagnosis of personality disorders, eating disorders and those in need of mental health rehabilitation.
People who have lived experience of mental ill health, their families and carers are central to the planning of the new hub.
York’s new co-production champion will invite contributors to drop in to sessions in the city, to ensure that their voices are at the core of all the work to improve support in the city.
Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care, said: “I urge residents to engage in this co-production conversation in the New Year.
“This latest step is an important move towards realising the vision of Connecting Our City to provide the support, activities and services that people want and need within their communities. Do please get involved if you can.”
Chair of the York Mental Health Partnership Tim Madgwick said: “Our vision is to ensure that people and carers with lived experience are at the heart of designing future services.
I am delighted that as a result of the hard work by partners across the city, we are now starting to deliver on this ambition, co-producing services for and by the individuals who have the greatest insight into what is required, and how it feels on a daily basis to try and get the support they need.”