Mental Health programme - New Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit opens and first TWB Suicide Prevention Conference held

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Among the key priorities identified by Together We’re Better is to significantly reduce out of area placements in mental health.

We’re delighted therefore that a new £2.4m Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has now opened in North Staffordshire that will help to address this. When people require intensive psychiatric care it’s important the specialist treatment they receive is delivered quickly and as close to their home as possible.

The new six-bedded unit links directly to the acute adult wards at Harplands Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. It will be able to accommodate both male and female patients and includes activity rooms, therapy rooms, individual en-suite facilities and a therapy garden. Congratulations to North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, who have led on this exciting new project.

We’re also holding our first Together We’re Better Suicide Prevention Conference. The event is taking place today (Friday 30 November) at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent. Local health and care partner organisations have come together at the event to sign a Suicide Charter that is focussed on improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting free suicide prevention training, accessible to all.

Among the key speakers at this important event included a group of survivors who have spoken about their personal experiences. Other topics covered on the day have included mental health in schools and the impact of suicide on our local families. The Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent Suicide Prevention Network have also updated delegates on their latest action plan.