Primary care and community mental health service redesign

By on 06/05/2014 in News

mental-health-consultationHealth chiefs in Birmingham are seeking public views as part of a wide-ranging review of community mental health services across the city.

And you can have your say as the Library of Birmingham hosts a public consultation event on Saturday 10 May (1-3pm)

Organisers of the event are looking for people to share:

  • Personal experiences of using primary care and community mental health services.
  • Views about the information that is currently available about primary care and community mental health services.
  • Views as to how we can make primary care and community mental health services better.

What services are we talking about?

  • Talking therapies
  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Recovery, Enablement and Prevention Services

Download the consultation document:


  • It is estimated that 1 in 5 people in Birmingham aged 18-64 (1 in 4 people across all ages) experience mental health problems.
  • There is a gap between the number of people expected to have mental health problems in Birmingham (140,582) and the number of people recorded by GPs as having a mental health problem (91,467).
  • A person living in an inner City ward is twice as likely to experience mental health problems than someone in neighbouring affluent wards.
  • Many mental health services are focused on delivering care for schizophrenia and more serious mood conditions. This does not cover the whole spectrum of population need.
  • There has been a steady increase in prescriptions for anti-depressants, which raises questions about whether and how anti-depressants and psychological therapies are balanced in treatment pathways.
  • 10.5% of women (out of 18,479) declared at the first maternity booking that they had experienced previous mental health problems.

To book a place at the Library of Birmingham consultation event, please click on the following link –

For more information please visit the Be Heard website:

Or to complete the online consultation please click on the following link:

For more information about the consultation, email or call 0121 675 8270

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