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Greater Manchester no longer has a Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor of Greater Manchester has now taken responsibility for policing and crime.

Commissioner marks World Mental Health Day

Tony Lloyd speaks at Turning Point event

We need to together to to make sure vulnerable people get the support they need, not just today but every day in the future, says Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tony Lloyd was speaking as he and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle visited Turning Point’s Crisis Point service in Manchester on Friday 10 October to mark World Mental Health Day.

Crisis Point is a short stay mental health crisis service providing brief interventions to enable people to manage and learn from their crisis, rather than just survive it, and to develop the skills and understanding to manage any future mental health crises.

The organisation held a ‘Recovery in Action’ event which included a workshop on creative writing in recovery by a former service user now employed by Turning Point; a talk and Q&A session with Professor Geoff Shepard, ImROC’s Program Director; a service user consultation on the future of crisis mental health services in Manchester and recovery related poetry readings from local poet Pauline Omoboye.  

Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester said: “Turning Point provides a lifeline for people in crisis, offering help and support when it’s most needed. This event was an opportunity to recognise that work and raise awareness of the help and support that’s available. It was also a chance to work together to look at how mental health services can be improved to make sure vulnerable people get the support they need, not just today but every day in the future.”

Deputy PCC Jim Battle speaks at Turning Point event

Tom Farebrother, Team leader at Turning Point’s Crisis Point service said: “World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and our hope is that this event will give people an opportunity to find out more about the support we offer locally.  It is also a chance to celebrate the achievements of those in recovery whilst looking at ways we can make things better to ensure that more people get the support they need, when they need it. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to make this event happen.”

Turning Point is a leading social enterprise providing health and social care services for people with complex needs in 200 locations across England and Wales, including community services, primary care settings, hospitals and prisons. For 50 years we have worked with those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health conditions, offending behaviour, unemployment issues and people with a learning disability.  For more information, please visit www.turning-point.co.uk

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