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More support to avoid crisis is key to mental health plan

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A MOVE away from waiting to treat mental health problems when they are at crisis point has been signalled in a new action plan.

Guernsey Mind executive director Emily Litten, left, and administrative support officer Nicky Le Noury at the launch of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 19569537)

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan aims to put the issue in the spotlight for everyone.

It was compiled jointly by Health & Social Care, Guernsey Mind and other third sector groups in the area.

The plan was released four years after the States agreed a new strategy was needed.

The plan has four new priority areas focusing on prevention, awareness and accessibility.

‘For me, it has been all about being able to collectively work on this with all of the different stakeholders in the third sector and HSC to put forward a collaborative effort,’ said Emily Litten, the executive director of Guernsey Mind and also the writer of the plan.

‘I think we have very much had a crisis model in the past – now, it really starts with supporting ourselves, and being able to have a choice in how we can manage our own mental health.’

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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