Commissioner helps to launch a 'Year of Mental Health' in Hertfordshire

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, was one of the partner organisations launching a 'Year of Mental Health' for the county in Hatfield on 8th July.

Commissioner Lloyd has been spearheading the county’s Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat which was signed by him, and 24 other agencies, last year.  His office is now working with all the partners to implement an action plan to support people suffering mental health crises in Hertfordshire and ensure they get the best care and treatment.

He said: “I am delighted to play a part in ensuring that people suffering mental health issues are given the support and care they need. There can be a stigma attached to those suffering a mental health crisis but it can affect anyone, in any walk of life. Those going through it deserve the best support. This means joined-up services which understand the full picture of an individual.

“Mental health crisis can lead to crime, whether as perpetrator or victim, so tackling the issue will result in safeguarding individuals and communities and keeping crime down. I fully endorse a ‘Year of mental health’ and take a personal responsibility for ensuring that it leads to better services, care and treatment.”

The ‘Year of Mental Health’ was launched during the Health and Wellbeing Board* conference at the Fielder Centre, in Hatfield. It is a multi-agency countywide initiative intended to:

• Tackle mental health stigma and discrimination
• Help people get better access to treatment and care
• Gain parity of access to treatment for both mental and physical health

It aims to inspire and motivate people from across the county to take a few simple steps to help challenge mental health discrimination, and to improve the lives of those of us with mental health problems.  For more information on how to take part visit:

Dr Amie Birkhamshaw, who is the Policy Development and Engagement Manager at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, worked with the East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) and with the Integrated Health and Care Commissioning Team to run one of the event’s workshops, ‘Crisis Care’.

The Crisis Care workshop focused on the role of two partners – Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and housing services. The workshop discussed how do agencies identify chaotic and vulnerable service users and what do they do when they present to services in crisis? What are the interventions? What can we learn from good practice across the country and how can we ensure that people get the right access to services and quality of treatment they need?

If anyone wishes to contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner they can email: telephone 01707 806100 or write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.

You can also follow the Commissioner on Twitter @HertsPCC and find out more on his Facebook page: HertsPCC.

Notes: Health and Wellbeing Board members include Herts County Council’s Cabinet Members for Health and Adult Care , Children's Services and Public Health & Localism; East & North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group; the Mayor of Watford Borough Council and Leader of North Hertfordshire District Council; Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group; Healthwatch Hertfordshire; Hertfordshire County Council Directors of Children's Safeguarding and Specialist Services, Health & Community Services and Public Health; East & North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group; Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group; Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner; Chief Executive East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust; and Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust