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The Island’s NHS Mental Health Services have made it easier for Isle of Wight Residents to access the mental health services they need, when they need them.

The creation of an Integrated Mental Health Hub on the Island is one of the key improvements, as it will see people experiencing mental health crisis receive urgent support in an appropriate environment.

Based at 7 Pyle Street in Newport (CAMHS building), the hub is manned by a range of professionals from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Isle of Wight Council and Two Saints’ Safe Haven, working in partnership to offer both face to face and virtual support.

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Dr Lesley Stevens, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, says:

“We have created this hub alongside partners across the system, in recognition of the fact that Emergency Departments are not the best environment for those in mental health crisis, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you, or someone you care for, are in need of our help when you are struggling with your mental health, please find and use the Integrated Mental Health Hub in the first instance. We will be able to see you face to face, when necessary”.

Residents are advised that the hub will be moving a different location in the near future, as the Pyle Street, is only a temporary base.

You can access the hub by:

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  • Calling 111 to access the specialist mental health triage service
  • Visiting the IW Mental Health Community Hub website
  • Dropping in to the Integrated Mental Health Hub

Both the 111 and online services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while the hub is open for drop ins between 10:00 and 22:00 every day, including weekends and bank holidays.

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I phoned crisis team last week wat a waste of time… ppl reach out for help but the help is not ther!!!!

Chris Robertson

Hate to sound cynical, but is this ‘sudden’ improvement in Mental Health service availability just a reaction to the issues highlighted as part of the Covid-19 situation, rather than a previously (and documented) planned improvement in services?
So many people, businesses and organisations have been using the Pandemic as an excuse for poorer than usual service or alternatively saying ‘look at what we have done’?

Ryde Reader

Sadly, mental health provision on the Island is abysmal. Unless you are suicidal, forget it.

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