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Scheme Helps Adults With Mental Health Problems

Friday May 23 2014

MORE than 250 adults with mental health problems have received help under a new scheme being run by South Yorkshire Police and the NHS in the first ten weeks.

Statistics for the 'street triage scheme' were revealed on Monday, the start of mental health awareness week organised by charity Mental Health Foundation.

It sees mental health nurses join police officers on 999 calls to help people believed to need urgent mental health support, ensuring people are assessed by a trained mental health nurse and taken to a safe place to receive the most appropriate care.

During the first ten weeks, fewer than 20 people were arrested, 110 were left in their own home or an appropriate care setting and 40 people were taken to hospital.

Fewer than 10 were detained under the Mental Health Act, compared to 110 people who could possibly have been detained before the scheme was introduced.

Jim Sheard, South Yorkshire Police’s mental health co-ordinator, said: “With the best will in the world, police officers simply don’t have the same expertise as specialist nurses when it comes to dealing with people with emergency mental health issues.

“This new triage process is there to try and intervene, to make an assessment of people’s needs earlier and to deal with those needs in a compassionate, humane and understanding way.
“The result is, as our figures prove, that police stations are used only as a last resort.”

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Reply Posted by Pamela on Saturday May 24 2014 at 10:33
It is about time people were getting help in this way. Then probably there is some one to see how certain police officers use unneeded force in dealing with patients and also the lies they tell to cover them selves. If they get medical help then hopefully there would be no need for the police to use any force at all.

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Sunday May 25 2014 at 12:05
These figure are astounding in such a short period of time.It looks on paper the Mental Health patients are in desperate need of support in the communities.

I hope the scheme continues and people get the help they require.

Mental Health can effect any one of us at anytime just remember.

Reply Posted by Andrew on Monday May 26 2014 at 17:15
I think its a fantastic scheme. There have incidents in the past where diabetics have been arrested for being aggressive when their blood sugars have dropped too when all it takes is simple treatment. I hope it continues

Reply Posted by Sandra on Monday May 26 2014 at 17:39
Well done, about time something like this was put in place, long may it last