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‘Nowhere to go’ for mental health help in Haverhill

Ann Sisson, practice manager at Christmas Maltings
Ann Sisson, practice manager at Christmas Maltings

People with mental health issues in Haverhill are being let down by the services in town, it has been claimed.

At a meeting in Haverhill, Jason Joseph, the Mental Health Commissioning Manager for Suffolk County Council, joined councillors to discuss the future direction of mental health measures in Suffolk.

Concerns were expressed that there is not enough being done to combat a lack of provision for mental health services in Haverhill.

“I’ve been a practice manager for 10 years,” said Ann Sisson, practice manager at Christmas Maltings surgery. “We’re going round and round in circles.

“Everything seems to be based in Bury, there are no mental health services based in Haverhill.

“It seems to me there’s a lack of mental health provision in town. I can’t understand why these things haven’t been brought in properly. There’s a memory assessment clinic in Newmarket, but that’s in Newmarket and some people will find it difficult to get there.

“Those people need help now, they can’t wait weeks. We need more facilities in town.”

Councillor Anne Gower was concerned that nothing would change after the meeting.

“There didn’t seem to be any answers,” she said. “I asked what changes we would see in Haverhill and the answer was nothing.

“There’s nothing for you in Haverhill. What we are saying isn’t rocket science. People with mental health issues need immediate help, but where do people go?

“More and more people I meet say they’re struggling with a family member who’s struggling with a mental health issue that impacts upon their quality of life. I’ve heard more in the last six months than I’ve ever heard before. There’s simply not enough support in Haverhill.”

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