Turning Point and Greater Manchester Police push forward mental health support for minorities .

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Staff from Turning Point’s Crisis Point service met last month with representatives of Greater Manchester Police and other stakeholders, to discuss how to improve access to mental health support for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Manchester. Turning Point runs the community-based crisis support service Crisis Point, in Levenshulme, for those suffering severe mental distress who need support in a safe space. Turning Point also runs the Wilbraham Road residential rehabilitation centre, for those requiring longer-term support to recover from enduring mental health problems.

Research shows that people from BME communities are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than the rest of the population. With mental health making up a significant proportion of the disease burden in the UK health service, organisations like Turning Point have an important part to play in reducing these health inequalities.

Tom Farebrother, Manager at Turning Point’s Crisis Point service said:

“Mental Health issues do not discriminate, and can affect anyone at all, whatever their background. That’s why it‘s really important to make sure that we work as hard as we can to make sure that all communities in Manchester are aware of and are able to access mental health support whenever it is necessary. We’re very pleased to be working together with other organisations in the community to improve the situation in our city.” 

Greater Manchester Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said:

“Turning Point provides a lifeline to people in crisis. It was great to meet people who are benefiting from this service, giving them the tools to take back control of their life and manage their mental health problems.  This event was not only about raising awareness of the help and support available to people suffering mental health problems but it was also an opportunity to hear what they want from mental health services and how things can be improved. Their views and ideas are invaluable as we continue to transform mental health crisis care across Greater Manchester.”