The Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust and Somerset County Council have joint responsibility for autism, whether or not associated with an obvious Learning Disability. This strategy outlines their proposed priorities for the next five years, which will have implications for us all.
Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust and Somerset County Council are now rewriting the strategy to reflect the feedback received during the recent consultation process. The final strategy will be published in October of this year.
Mental health problems remain common, and demand for services is rising. One in six adults in Somerset have a mental health problem that would benefit from some form of help or treatment (about 70,000 people). Mental health issues among children and young people are also common. Many people do not seek help, nevertheless our mental health services are struggling to meet current demand.
The purpose of this Joint Strategy for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing is to highlight the national and local service priorities for the next five years whilst encouraging service users, carers and the public to share their views on how they would like to see services move forward.
This strategy aims to reflect the key priorities of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy:
- People, families and communities take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing
- Families and communities are thriving and resilient
- Somerset people are able to live independently for as long as possible
The six objectives of the strategy include:
- More people will have good mental health
- More people with mental health problems will recover (as quickly and as fully as possible)
- More people with mental health problems will have good physical health
- More people will have a positive experience of care and support
- Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
- Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination