Sinn Féin Foyle MP Elisha McCallion has welcomed extra funding in principle which has been secured for a crisis intervention service in the city.
Elisha McCallion said:
“I welcome confirmation from the Western Local Commissioning Group that £30,000 of extra funding in principle has been approved towards establishing a crisis intervention service in the city.
“Getting this service up and running has been a priority for me locally for quite some time in an attempt to tackle the mental health problems which exist in the north west. This won’t solve all problems, but it will provide vital support to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis and their families and friends.
“The proposed crisis service will offer a safe space for those at crisis point. Many vulnerable people when brought to our accident and emergency department are required to wait in public for long periods. This is inappropriate.
“Trained workers and staff will also provide support while patients are waiting to be referred to the relevant agencies.
“Today’s confirmation demonstrates a clear commitment to the service from stakeholders and statutory agencies in this city, the tender process is now open and I would encourage people to apply, you can do so by visiting the Derry City & Strabane District Council website.”