Adamski: KilleriTunes

Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill In Mental Health Plea

PCC Martyn Underhill

8:31am 22nd November 2014

People suffering from mental health issues "need to be looked after by a health care professional, not by a police officer and not in a police cell" according to Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.

He's joining forces with PCCs across the county to make sure vulnerable people are dealt with by professionals with the right skills to handle their condition.

Commissioner Underhill said: "The police have a critical role in helping those in mental health crisis but they should not be relied upon.

"Their role should be to identify the vulnerable and flag up issues to agencies but this only works if health services are available 24 hours a day."

The plans are trying to develop closer relationships with health agencies so those in need get the most appropriate care.

It's part of The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis.

It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people in crisis receive urgent mental health care.

Some areas have already seen significant reduction in use of S136 following introduction of local plans.

More than half the forces across England and Wales now operate some form of street triage, delivering significantly improved responses to those with mental health needs who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious

The Bun Run

Request the cakes for your workplace!

Book Your Table

For sales in January and March

Free Fuel Friday

Find out how to get your car sticker

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county

Book our Disco

Have DJ Owen at your party or celebration!

Meeting Room Hire

Come to Wessex FM for your meeting or conference


We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.