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New Mental Health Initiative Launches in Cumbria to Support Those Waiting for Treatment

A leading mental health organisation has partnered with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) to launch North Cumbria’s first initiative to support people who are waiting for treatment for severe mental illness.

In this new partnership, Everyturn Mental Health, a national non-profit, will provide non-clinical support to those in Cumbria with severe mental illness and who are waiting to be supported by CNTW’s Community Treatment Team (CTT). The support will be delivered by a specialist team, providing people with emotional support to relieve symptoms and give practical help for issues that have contributed to their mental health crisis. This will include working with other mental health providers and community services, so people have the tools to improve resilience and confidence to stay well in the future.

Everyturn Mental Health has an excellent track record of working with CNTW to provide this service. After a pilot programme with two CTTs in the North East, 84% of the people supported by the service reported an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing. This led to a significant reduction in the size of the CTTs’ waiting lists, helping people to be seen quicker. This innovative service recently received national recognition when it was shortlisted at the 2023 HSJ Partnership Awards.

CNTW and Everyturn Mental Health will work in partnership to adapt the programme to meet the specific needs of urban and rural communities across North Cumbria. This will include close collaboration with the vibrant local voluntary sector, whose existing work already supports many people in North Cumbria.

In launching the service, Everyturn Mental Health will create six local jobs, with the recruitment of caseworkers and a senior caseworker. Within 12 months, it is anticipated that one caseworker will be able to help up to 100 people, with up to 500 people being supported by the programme each year overall.

Adam Crampsie, Chief Executive of Everyturn Mental Health said: “I am delighted to continue our partnership with CNTW to deliver our waiting list service in North Cumbria. We understand the increasing pressures Community Treatment Teams face, especially in such a unique rural area. By offering this additional support, we can ensure that no one in North Cumbria struggles alone.

“I am looking forward to working with our local partners to get this programme off the ground and make a real difference to the mental health and wellbeing of the communities in North Cumbria.”

Julie Lawlor, Associate Director of Partnerships & Improvement at CNTW, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Everyturn Mental Health to work with us here in North Cumbria. The demand on our services is very real. This programme will help many people waiting to see us and will bring our waiting times for specialist support down.

“Everyturn Mental Health has a fantastic track record of supporting people to manage their own mental health, through their specialist skills and targeted, local support.”

Dr Robert Westgate, GP and Clinical Director at Carlisle Healthcare, said: “I recognise the challenges currently being faced by the NHS and the impact of long waits for treatment.

“I welcome the additional support being provided Everyturn Mental Health, in partnership with CNTW and the local community, voluntary, and faith sector, which should lead to an improvement in patient experience and outcomes for people across North Cumbria.”

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