Mental health experts to support Weymouth police on summer patrols

Dorset Echo: SUPPORT:  PCC Martyn Underhill SUPPORT: PCC Martyn Underhill

EXPERTS in mental health are to support police patrols in Weymouth this summer.

It’s part of a pilot programme spearheaded by Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill to ensure people at risk get help and treatment – and to stop them being locked up in cells.

The 12-month pilot will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and will see mental health practitioners support officers where police believe people need immediate mental health support.

Mr Underhill has spoken out before about people with mental health problems being detained in custody. He told a national police conference last year that patients were being failed by the system.

Around 9,000 people with mental health issues ended up in police custody suites last year and Mr Underhill highlighted police buildings not being appropriate designated places of safety.

The Street Triage service in the Weymouth and Bournemouth areas will start at the end of June and will enhance existing services.

It was announced during Mental Health Awareness Week, which ends tomorrow.

Mental health practitioners will be available at the end of the phone, supporting officers on patrol and when they respond to emergency calls, and giving advice to staff in police control rooms.

Experts will also be based at Weymouth police station and attend incidents where necessary, supporting people of all ages, whether they have learning disabilities, personality disorder, substance misuse problems, or mental health issues.

The scheme will divert people from the Criminal Justice System when appropriate and divert them to community based-services.

Mr Underhill said: “It is crucial that people with mental health problems get the right care as quickly as possible in emergency situations.

“This is a huge step forwards in our partnership work between health services and the police.”

Dorset Healthcare NHS University Foundation Trust said it welcomes the opportunity to work in close collaboration with Dorset Police.

Mental health practitioner Stan Sadler said: “It is our expectation that we reduce the inappropriate use of police cells as places of safety and promote effective pathways of diversion in support of improved health and social functioning at the earliest opportunity.”

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11:18am Sat 17 May 14

WykeReg says...

Could someone please explain what an "effective pathway of diversion" actually means?

Also, how can an "expert" make a snap judgment on a person's mental health condition, especially over the phone? Doesn't this require an extended period of observation and tests to establish?
Could someone please explain what an "effective pathway of diversion" actually means? Also, how can an "expert" make a snap judgment on a person's mental health condition, especially over the phone? Doesn't this require an extended period of observation and tests to establish? WykeReg
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12:59pm Sat 17 May 14

JamesYoung says...

WykeReg wrote:
Could someone please explain what an "effective pathway of diversion" actually means?

Also, how can an "expert" make a snap judgment on a person's mental health condition, especially over the phone? Doesn't this require an extended period of observation and tests to establish?
Yes....unless that person is skulking in the shadows and wearing a ninja suit.....
[quote][p][bold]WykeReg[/bold] wrote: Could someone please explain what an "effective pathway of diversion" actually means? Also, how can an "expert" make a snap judgment on a person's mental health condition, especially over the phone? Doesn't this require an extended period of observation and tests to establish?[/p][/quote]Yes....unless that person is skulking in the shadows and wearing a ninja suit..... JamesYoung
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1:40pm Sat 17 May 14

JackJohnson says...

"EXPERTS in mental health are to support police patrols in Weymouth this summer."

Because people only ever have mental health problems in summer...
"EXPERTS in mental health are to support police patrols in Weymouth this summer." Because people only ever have mental health problems in summer... JackJohnson
  • Score: 2

4:10pm Sat 17 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

WykeReg wrote:
Could someone please explain what an "effective pathway of diversion" actually means?

Also, how can an "expert" make a snap judgment on a person's mental health condition, especially over the phone? Doesn't this require an extended period of observation and tests to establish?
Because it is effectively a Psuedo-science full of second hand car salesman.
[quote][p][bold]WykeReg[/bold] wrote: Could someone please explain what an "effective pathway of diversion" actually means? Also, how can an "expert" make a snap judgment on a person's mental health condition, especially over the phone? Doesn't this require an extended period of observation and tests to establish?[/p][/quote]Because it is effectively a Psuedo-science full of second hand car salesman. Sigurd Hoeberth
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4:58pm Sat 17 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Is it the police who need support with their mental health problems? Surely if they are suffering, they should be off sick?
Is it the police who need support with their mental health problems? Surely if they are suffering, they should be off sick? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -2

6:53pm Sat 17 May 14

peskykat says...

Well , having experience the Mental Health on NHS in Weymouth - they are a total waste of time and far from understanding !!!!
Well , having experience the Mental Health on NHS in Weymouth - they are a total waste of time and far from understanding !!!! peskykat
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Sat 17 May 14

dogloverdorset says...

JackJohnson wrote:
"EXPERTS in mental health are to support police patrols in Weymouth this summer."

Because people only ever have mental health problems in summer...
because its a pilot...obviously if successful will carry on
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: "EXPERTS in mental health are to support police patrols in Weymouth this summer." Because people only ever have mental health problems in summer...[/p][/quote]because its a pilot...obviously if successful will carry on dogloverdorset
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Sat 17 May 14

Natterjack two says...

Well I welcome this. Any cross support service in this area IF well funded will help all of our society and hopefully those in need. It could result in better use of time for our Police Officers, and hopefully prompt key help for those in distress/need. However we need to remember that this is partly a result of "Care in The Community" NOT working, and key support/centers being closed. Has care in the community (for what eva reason) failed? A friend of mine said Weymouth appears to have more than its fair share of "odd balls" (He was not suggesting local government !). We can all have times in our life when to some we may be labeled as an "odd ball". Mental health illness has no age, gender, or social status when it strikes.
However, we all expect that we are all protected from the "mad axe man" and the guy who has forgotten to take his ADAD tablets who makes a scene in the Pub or at our work place, or on the street towards us. That "low level" of continued abuse of "normal" (I hate that word!) people by someone who has "needs" (yup not the best word!), who can make other peoples life real HELL. Their continued harassment can cause any "sane" person to seek help! But why are they in our community giving us (and many of my friends) so many problems ? A Police Officer may wish to see the end of the anti social issues caused by one person and his fake frequent 999 call outs. But can he charge them for wasting Police time? Or make them change their attitude/behaviour? Nope.....

Frustrated by the courts and the lame social services, sadly there appears no long term solution. Weymouth is a good recovery venue .... just please keep taking your pills!

Echo, you need to get the local mental health team and SOCIAL SERVICES pls to make comments on this story, and reply to the comments generated here.
Well I welcome this. Any cross support service in this area IF well funded will help all of our society and hopefully those in need. It could result in better use of time for our Police Officers, and hopefully prompt key help for those in distress/need. However we need to remember that this is partly a result of "Care in The Community" NOT working, and key support/centers being closed. Has care in the community (for what eva reason) failed? A friend of mine said Weymouth appears to have more than its fair share of "odd balls" (He was not suggesting local government !). We can all have times in our life when to some we may be labeled as an "odd ball". Mental health illness has no age, gender, or social status when it strikes. However, we all expect that we are all protected from the "mad axe man" and the guy who has forgotten to take his ADAD tablets who makes a scene in the Pub or at our work place, or on the street towards us. That "low level" of continued abuse of "normal" (I hate that word!) people by someone who has "needs" (yup not the best word!), who can make other peoples life real HELL. Their continued harassment can cause any "sane" person to seek help! But why are they in our community giving us (and many of my friends) so many problems ? A Police Officer may wish to see the end of the anti social issues caused by one person and his fake frequent 999 call outs. But can he charge them for wasting Police time? Or make them change their attitude/behaviour? Nope..... Frustrated by the courts and the lame social services, sadly there appears no long term solution. Weymouth is a good recovery venue .... just please keep taking your pills! Echo, you need to get the local mental health team and SOCIAL SERVICES pls to make comments on this story, and reply to the comments generated here. Natterjack two
  • Score: 0

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