Health and Wellbeing Boards in County Durham and Darlington Announce Mental Health Crisis Care Agreement

Health bodies across County Durham and Darlington have shown their commitment to a national scheme that aims to further support people who experience a mental health crisis.
The County Durham and Darlington Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is part of a national scheme designed to improve the outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis.

Cllr Hovvels of Durham County Council said: “The County Durham Health and Wellbeing Board takes mental health issues very seriously and has agreed it as one of the priorities in the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The Concordat is one of a suite of strategies the Board has agreed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our residents. We are delighted to show our commitment to keeping people in crisis safe by signing the Concordat and taking a collaborative approach to how we address this in County Durham.”
The Leader and Chair of the Darlington Health and Wellbeing Board, Bill Dixon said:“The concordat provides an excellent opportunity to focus the efforts of a range of partners to support some of our most vulnerable residents. This crucial work will complement and strengthen collective action to prevent mental health crisis and promote positive wellbeing across our communities.”
Dr. David Smart, Chair of NHS North Durham CCG, and on behalf of Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield CGG and Darlington CCG commented: “Today’s announcement demonstrates the commitment of all partners within County Durham and Darlington to improve the system of care and support provided to anyone experiencing a mental health condition. We are proud to be reinforcing a long-established history of partnership working in regards to mental health within the County Durham and Darlington area. The Concordat will continue our efforts and help keep vulnerable people safe whilst providing the right care at the right time from the right people.”
The Concordat will see collaborative working to improve the system of care and support so people in mental health crisis are kept safe and helped to find the support they need – whatever the circumstances, and from whichever service they turn to first. The work will include looking at prevention and will strive to make sure that all relevant public services support someone who appears to have a mental health problem to move towards Recovery.

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said:”Improving mental health crisis care is a major priority and our Crisis Care Concordat is helping make sure people in distress get the urgent, compassionate care they need. I’d like to congratulate Durham and Darlington for signing their declaration and strongly urge others to follow suit. Better, more consistent and more collaborative care for people in crisis will not only help those living through their darkest hours to recover, it can also save lives. I want to make sure we cover the whole country by the end of the year so that we rapidly spread best practice.”
A copy of today’s declaration can be viewed online at: