More funding for mental health services across the South West

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 May 2018

Money could be used for group therapy sessions. Picture: Newscast Online

Money could be used for group therapy sessions. Picture: Newscast Online

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Mental health services in the South West will receive a ‘vital’ funding boost.

An extra £365,000 will be invested into the area after a successful bid by the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) to help people whose mental health is affected by financial difficulties.

It will also be used to raise mental health awareness and wellbeing for men in North Somerset.

Dr Peter Brindle, medical director of BNSSG CCG, believes the cash will make a significant difference.

He said: “This funding is vital if we are to end the tragedy of suicide in the area.

“It will allow the CCG, the universities, public health 
and the voluntary sector to work together to make a real impact on this important issue.

“We have agreed to use some of this money to support suicide prevention initiatives aimed at those in universities and further education colleges.”

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