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BIG BOOST: Mental health services at Watford General Hospital to benefit from £350,000 in funding

 Published on: 12th February 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford General Hospital is set to receive more than £300,000 in funding for mental health services.

The hospital will receive £350,000 as part of a total of £1.14million that has been allocated to mental health services across Hertfordshire and West Essex.

This funding will be invested in 150 new projects as non-medical alternatives for urgent mental health care including crisis cafés, safe havens and sanctuaries. These all provide a supportive space for someone experiencing emotional distress or in a mental health crisis and act as an alternative to A&E, including during out-of-hours.

The announcement has been welcomed by Dean Russell, MP for Watford, who has long campaigned on mental health and was the former co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on mental health.

Mr Russell MP said: “I have campaigned on mental health since before being elected, which has included my campaign to train 1,000 people across Watford in mental health first aid awareness, which the Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce has been delivering.

“This cash injection into mental health services locally is welcome and aligns with my own campaign for better mental health provision at all levels, including in the workplace. That is why I will be reintroducing my bill to ensure there is a dedicated mental health first aider in every workplace and I hope people across Watford will continue to support me in changing the law to ensure mental health first aid has a parity with physical first aid in the workplace.”

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