Launch of the Devon Mental Health Alliance

The Devon Mental Health Alliance (DMHA) has been officially launched. This is a partnership that aims to improve access to mental health services and identify new opportunities to support people in all communities across Devon.

Focused on delivering community services as part of the NHS Community Mental Health Framework Improvement Program, the Alliance will be led by six organizations dedicated to supporting people with mental health issues. Together they will work with partners from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors to make Devon’s services more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of their users.

The DMHA has six member charities, including Devon Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and Step One Charity.

As a collective, they work closely with the Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Livewell Southwest as lead statutory partners, and will link with other organizations across the county to create stronger pathways and brand new dedicated services supporting people with mental health issues.

Speaking at the launch, Alliance President Rob Smith said:

“We are delighted to launch the Devon Mental Health Alliance after 12 months of working with the VCSE and NHS partners. There are so many excellent mental health services in Devon, but through the strength of our six organizations – and many more partners we hope will join us in the future – we know we can provide a real positive change in the way thousands of people across the county access and receive support.

Melanie Walker, Chief Executive of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Devon-wide SRO for the Community Mental Health Framework, added:

“We are delighted to formally partner with the Alliance on our exciting plans to implement the Community Mental Health Framework. The organizations involved in the partnership have a wealth of expertise between them and their offering will play a crucial role in our ambitions to transform community mental health services for the benefit of people with serious mental health issues across Devon.

As part of the DMHA’s work, they have created several dedicated roles to develop and deliver services in four coordinated areas of Devon, England’s fourth largest county. Each area will have a locality manager to help coordinate services, as well as several recovery practitioners to offer therapeutic intervention, classes, workshops, and more. Recruitment has already begun for these roles and will continue over the next year.

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