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01 February 2016

Rethink Mental Illness to offer advocacy services for vulnerable people in Wiltshire

We're pleased to be working with our partners to provide this much-needed service

Maggie Rae

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council have commissioned Rethink Mental Illness, a charity that supports vulnerable people to get through crises and live independently to provide advocacy services from April 16.

 

The project will see the mental health charity deliver independent advocacy services for people living with mental health needs in the Wiltshire area.

 

The services will support and empower individuals to ensure their rights are protected, their voices are heard and they can access the information and services they need in order to improve their own health and wellbeing. 

 

Mark Winstanley, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness, said

"We are delighted to be building on our already great work in Wiltshire, and supporting vulnerable people through this project so that they can get their voices heard and access the support they need. At Rethink Mental Illness we know it is vital that people living with mental illness and their carers have access to the right support, provision and information at the right time."

 

Barbara Smith, Associate Director of Commissioning (Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

"Independent mental health advocacy is a vital service for vulnerable people providing them with the information and support they need to make informed, confident decisions about their own health and social needs. Wiltshire CCG is pleased to be working with Wiltshire Council and Rethink to ensure that the residents of Wiltshire continue to receive a high quality advocacy service."

 

Wiltshire Council corporate director, Maggie Rae said:
"We're pleased to be working with our partners to provide this much-needed service.

"We hope that it will be comforting for anyone living with mental health needs that they're not on their own and Rethink will be there alongside them providing high quality support."

 

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Keith Humphries said:
"The type of support Rethink provide will allow people to maintain their independence and to make decisions about their own lives safe in the knowledge that this service is on hand to advise, inform and support them as much as they need."

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