Liberal Democrats have raised concerns over the future of funding for Health Minds in Todmorden. The service was set up to support people affected by flooding but is due to end.
The matter was raised at a meeting of Calderdale’s Health and Wellbeing Board by Cllr Ashley Evans (Liberal Democrat, Warley),
Cllr Evans said: “It felt wrong to me that we were being told that mental health services are a priority, while at the same time this valuable service was coming to an end.
“While flooding may have been overtaken by coronavirus as a significant cause of mental health issues, it seems to me that we should be building on the good work done by Healthy Minds rather than allowing this aspect of their work to come to an end. The links they have made into the local communities should allow the charity to provide essential help to those who need it – whatever the root cause of any issues.”
Update 16/06/21 - This story had originally run with the headline that new funding had been secured following us raising this issue. This was based on our understanding of the situation following emails with officers after the meeting. Sadly, we have been informed by Health Minds, this isn't the case. We are committed to accurately presenting the truth, so have updated this story.
We will continue to support the provision of mental health services in Calderdale. At a time when so many people are struggling still with the impacts of flooding, and now COVID these services are as important as ever. We would encourage all readers to back Nikki Stock's sponsored swim for this project and other efforts to raise funds for the service.
The current situation is as follows: