Sheffield awarded £1.8m to improve mental health services

Sheffield mental health services secure a 1.8m grant to improve services
Sheffield mental health services secure a 1.8m grant to improve services
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Sheffield people are set to benefit from improved mental health services thanks to a multi-million pound grant.

Sheffield people are set to benefit from improved mental health services thanks to a multi-million pound grant.

Sheffield’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service, which helps people overcome common mental health issues, was awarded £1.8million to significantly expand to help improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the city.

The IAPT service has helped over 12,000 people develop new skills to manage and overcome stress, anxiety and depression. The additional funding will help enable the support given to be expanded even further.

The service currently offers specific support and interventions for people with long term health conditions and persistent physical symptoms.

Extra funding also means the service will soon be offering specific support and treatment to people experiencing a range of other health conditions.

Toni Mank, head of the IAPT service, said: “We are excited to be able to expand the services we offer and to develop new services.

"We firmly believe that neither physical health nor mental wellbeing should be treated in isolation and these new services will help us to offer greater support to people experiencing physical health issues.”

Dr Steve Thomas, GP and clinical director for mental health at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have been working hard in Sheffield to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health and the work that the IAPT team do is of fundamental importance to this.

"Over the past year IAPT service had made a number of changes to improve the service, focusing on offering quicker access and even more choice.

"People can now access help online, have talking therapy sessions using Skype and even attend group sessions online. This new funding investment will allow the service to be expanded and improved even further, particularly with helping to address and abolish what is often a very artificial divide between our ‘physical’ and ‘mental’ health needs.”