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Funding Cuts Hurt Mental Health Charity

Updated on January 7, 2013

Derby City Council is planning to stop funding Derbyshire Voice from the end of March 2013.

The funding that Derbyshire Voice have received from the Council is £16,500 per year, which is miniscule in comparison to the £30 million the council are spending on renovation of council premises.

The proposed 100% funding cut will have a very detrimental affect on mental health patients' ability to be supported and trained by Derbyshire Voice to have a positive influence on mental health services. It is widely recognized that people who receive mental health services can make an invaluable contribution to the continued improvement of services. People who are “customers” can give huge insight into how a service can be improved.

The recession has created an increase in demand from the public for mental health services. It is thought that one person in four people will at some time be in need of mental health services. Mental ill health is not something that just exists on the fringe of society. Its something that is likely to affect you or a member of your family at some time.

This is clearly an inappropriate time to cut funding from an organization whose purpose is to help improve mental health services in Derby City and Derbyshire. Mental health service receivers with the guidance and support of Derbyshire Voice are able to help develop and design services throughout Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Voice through trained mental health service receiver representatives, present the opinions and experiences of service receivers to organizations that provide mental health services in Derbyshire. It is this vital “ Voice” that helps mental health service providers such as the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to make improvements to services.

How often have you been a customer of an organization and wished that you were able to tell them how they could improve their service. Derbyshire Voice which is an independent charity gives “ Voice” to the concerns of mental health service receivers. If the planned cuts go ahead then that “Voice” could be silenced.

Derbyshire Voice have created a petition that has gathered in over 4000 signatures. I will keep you updated as to whether Derby City Council reverse their decision to cut funding of Derbyshire Voice.

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      Dr. Gary L. Sidley 4 years ago from Lancashire, England

      So sorry to hear about your funding withdrawal.

      Psychiatric services often talk about supporting service-user involvement but when financial pressure bites they jettison resources that can provide a meaningful service-user voice. "Doctor knows best" mentality prevails I'm afraid. I will sign your petition.