In 2018, the Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs joined forces with the other organisations responsible for mental health and emotional wellbeing services in east and west Suffolk.
Together, we’ve been having ongoing discussions with patient groups and the public. As well as people who work in healthcare, social care and education.
We called this #AVeryDifferentConversation. The purpose of this conversation was to figure out how mental health services could be improved.
We wanted you to consider the plans we’d made, and tell us if you thought we'd got things right. We asked you if you thought that the changes we’d proposed would make mental health services better.
Lots of you watched our videos and looked at our plans before filling out they survey.
There’s still time to learn about the plans. We'd love for you to take a look at the videos, diagrams, written information and example scenarios we've put together.
Because this is a Suffolk Mental Health Alliance project, including many different partners, all of these resources are hosted on the West Suffolk CCG website. But don't worry - all of the mental health services and plans that we're discussing cover both east and west Suffolk.
Anybody who would like to take part in the work taking place around these key project areas should email firstname.lastname@example.org using #averydifferentconversation in the subject field.
It is important to note that while all this very necessary work is being carried out, we are already investing in local services for which there is a clear and obvious need.
This investment has included:
Once we have designed our mental health service models we will work with our alliance and co-production partners between October and January to develop them further and work through how we commission and deliver them.