Published Fri, 2010-12-03 17:30; updated 2 years ago.

The views of local people are being sought in Solihull about how to improve mental health services in the borough.

Solihull NHS Care Trust is investing more money in mental health services and plans to redesign them to better meet the needs of more people.

The aim is to help people to have a good quality of life within their own homes and communities and to avoid, where appropriate, an admission to hospital.

People who use the service and carers have already been asked for their opinions and these have been taken into account in drawing up outline plans. The Trust is now ready to ask more people what they think about these plans.

Public engagement events are being held on December 6, from 12 noon until 2pm, at the British Legion in Union Road, Solihull, and on December 15 at the Bosworth Centre, Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, from 7pm-9pm.

Following this period of engagement there will be a formal consultation on how to deliver the options.

Commissioning Manager for Mental Health, Julia Phillips, said: “Many service users say hospital should be a last resort as it is a major disruption in their lives yet, as a Care Trust we spend most of our mental health resource on inpatient care.

“Our strategy is therefore based on the development of a greater range of services based in local communities supporting mental health and wellbeing, and providing earlier support to those with a severe and enduring mental illness to maintain their recovery and reduce the need for hospital admissions.

“The Care Trust is already investing significant additional resources in services such as the Healthy Minds Service, which supports people with depression and anxiety, and also alcohol services as this is a significant problem within Solihull linked to mental health.”