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Local Mental Health Service to continue

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Following concerns raised by local councillors, funding has been found to continue mental health services based in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. The service was set up to support people affected by flooding but was due to finish at the end of this month.

After the matter was raised at a meeting of Calderdale's Health and Wellbeing Board by Cllr Ashley Evans (Liberal Democrat, Warley), money has been found to keep the service going. Cllr Evans told the HebWeb: "It felt wrong to me that we were being told that mental health services are a priority while at the same time this valuable service was coming to an end.

"While flooding may have been overtaken by coronavirus as a significant cause of mental health issues, it seems to me that we should be building on the good work done by Healthy Minds rather than allowing this aspect of their work to come to an end. The links they have made into the local communities should allow the charity to provide essential help to those who need it – whatever the root cause of any issues."

"I am pleased that, after I raised the issue, money has quickly been found to support this service" said Cllr Evans.