Mental Health


Mental Health

Mental health problems are widespread, at times disabling, yet often hidden. People who would go to their GP with chest pains will suffer depression or anxiety in silence. One in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. People in all walks of life can be affected and at any point in their lives, including new mothers, children, teenagers, adults and older people. Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK. (5 Year Forward View for Mental Health. Feb 2016)

In Shropshire the Mental Health Partnership Board (MHP Board) has been set up to deliver a vision that sees:

Shropshire as a place where mental health is everyone’s business, positive emotional wellbeing is promoted and services and communities work together to provide appropriate support when our people need it.

The MHP Board is a strategic forum to advise and lead the strategic direction of mental health commissioning and service delivery in Shropshire. The group, reports to the Shropshire Health and Wellbeing Board and is comprised of commissioners, providers, voluntary and community sector and informed by service users. It will support the delivery of truly collaborative working to ensure improving mental health in Shropshire is at the core of everything we do.

The key outcomes the MHP Board are working towards are:

  • The Shropshire Mental Health Partnership Board is trusted as a champion of mental health matters across Shropshire. There is strong public awareness and participation in matters relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  • Shropshire communities see a reduction in the numbers of people taking their own life and improved support for those affected by suicide.
  • Shropshire communities feel confident that the mental health services they may use have been designed in partnership with people who have relevant lived experience.

To inform the development of a Mental Health Strategy for Shropshire a Mental Health Needs Assessment is underway. This involves listening to the voices of those with lived experience whether that experience is due to living with mental ill health, or as a carer or as a professional, and hearing their message about what are the needs of the people of Shropshire. This is supported by data collection and analysis highlighting common themes and areas for improvement.

The Shropshire Suicide Prevention Action Group has been established as part of the action plan in the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Suicide Prevention Strategy. It is made up of representatives from across the public, voluntary & community, and private sector who are working together on key themes:

  • access to support and prevention
  • using data and information
  • care plans
  • self-harm
  • engaging post suicide
  • training
  • communications and media

The Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Suicide Prevention strategy aims to:

  • raise awareness of suicide risk, promote access to support services (including those bereaved by suicide) from a wide range of sources (not just health services).
  • encourage more people to talk about self-harm, suicide and the risk factors associated with suicide in order to destigmatise and encourage people to seek help when they feel it is needed.
  • provide those who have a public facing role to have confidence in signposting people affected by suicidal thoughts to the services that could best help them.

Please click here to read the strategy.

Your feedback will be instrumental in helping shape the Mental Health Strategy that will be the plan of action for mental health services for the people of Shropshire.We believe that Mental health is everybody’s business, if you’d like to make it your business make sure you look out for an opportunity to get your voice heard when the Mental Health Partnership Board consults on its proposed plans for improving mental health services in Shropshire .

If you would like to get involved with the work of the Shropshire Suicide Prevention Action Group, please email

Samaritans offer a safe place for people to talk, and can be called free any time, from any phone on 116 123

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Transformation Plan for Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2015-2020

This document sets out how we plan to transform mental health services for children and young people in line with the requirements set out in the NHS England document ‘Future in Mind’  (

The plan includes 6 programmes of transformation:

  • Development of integrated 0-25 years Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (to replace existing child and adolescent mental health services)
  • Improved neurodevelopmental assessment pathways
  • Training and development programme for workers in universal services to improve their knowledge and skills around emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Development of specialist eating disorder service for children and young people
  • Development of all-age psychiatric liaison service
  • Improved mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and their families

A summary of the six programmes of transformation can be found here

The full transformation plan document can be found here

Further national and local information about mental health:


Shropshire Mind

Young Minds  Young Minds