CLEAR is a partner in People in Mind - an innovative multiagency collaboration, which runs for five years, to support people across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly with their mental health. It is for people aged 16 and over, and takes a trauma-informed, whole-family approach to supporting good mental health and preventing mental health crisis.

People can access a range of support for the things that are affecting mental health and emotional wellbeing, from finance and debt advice to self-harm counselling and help to overcoming loneliness.

Carolyn Webster, CLEAR CEO and Chair of Cornwall Mental Health Alliance said: “This is an important step in making sure that people can access mental health support before they reach a crisis point. The breadth of support available across the partnership will help to ensure that people can get the help they need at the right time.”

The partnership is being led by Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) and includes Pentreath, Citizens Advice Cornwall, Age UK Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Mind, Young People Cornwall, Chaos Group, CLEAR and Volunteer Cornwall. People in Mind is funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly NHS Integrated Care System.

Dr Richard Sharpe, consultant in Public Health at Cornwall Council, said: “This is great news and builds on the collaborative approaches to mental health and suicide prevention services that we, NHS ICB and our partners across Cornwall’s health and care system have developed, tested and embraced over the last five years and especially throughout the pandemic and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Only by working together to pool resources, experience and knowledge can we hope to create a safety net strong and wide enough to catch the increasing numbers of people who need support across our local communities.”

Kate Shields, Chief Executive of the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care System, said: “We’re delighted to be funding this collaboration with Cornwall’s voluntary sector, which will offer personalised support to local people with £1 million for the next five years. “We want anyone dealing with mental ill-health to know that they’re not alone, and that getting support, just like you would for a physical illness, is vital.”

Referral for this new service are via the Community Gateway LINK www.ageuk.org.uk/cornwall/our-services/community-gateway/

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