Health services and police join forces to help people in mental health crisis

People in Plymouth experiencing a mental health crisis are benefiting from a new joint initiative between the health service and local police.

South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT), Livewell Southwest and Devon and Cornwall Police have joined forces to launch a Mental Health Joint Response Unit – the first in the South West – to support people of all ages in crisis at times when demand for emergency mental services is at its peak.

The new initiative – which involves paramedics, police officers and mental health professionals working together across the city – aims to improve outcomes for people and reduce the number of individuals who are unnecessarily detained under the Mental Health Act or admitted to the Emergency Department.

The service operates during the busiest time for the system – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings between 5pm and 1am.

Staff also work closely with other mental health providers throughout the city including the Crisis Café and Headspace to ensure the best outcomes and signposting for people.

More information is available on Livewell Southwest’s website.