Talks continue over West Norfolk’s mental health services

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Talks are continuing on the future of mental health services in West Norfolk following the recent closure of a counselling project in North Lynn.

The future of the sector in the borough was brought into focus when a counselling service run by Mr Bees at the St Augustine’s Centre in Columbia Way was forced to close last month due to a lack of funding.

Although talks were held with the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WNCCG), the body responsible for funding health services in the borough, no long-term solution has yet been found.

But Dr Sue Crossman, the CCG’s chief officer, said: “Commissioning high quality mental health services for the residents of West Norfolk is a key priority for the CCG and we are currently in discussions about how we can enhance the provision of counselling services in the area for local people.”

Meanwhile, the CCG will be holding its first annual general meeting later this month.

The meeting, at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Thursday, July 31, will both review the group’s first year of operations and examine its plans for the 12 months ahead. The group’s annual report will also be available to view.

Dr Crossman said: “We have made good progress in delivering a range of projects aimed at improving healthcare in West Norfolk.

“We want to build on this work with the support of local people. I would encourage residents to attend our AGM to find out more about the work we are doing and the opportunities to get involved.”