Young people\'s mental health unit planned for Cornwall

Published: 12-Mar-2014

NHS trust develops business plan for £5m facility

Plans have been unveiled for a much-needed new mental health centre for young people in Cornwall.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has announced it is developing a business case for a £5m unit.

Alison Cook, associate director of children’s services at the Cornwall Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The board agreed to move forward by securing a P21+ partner to develop the full business case for the new unit.

“The trust remains in dialogue with its commissioners about the need for his unit.”

At the moment teenagers lose access to a range of services when they become adults in the eyes of the law at the age of 18.

“The idea of taking away mental health services when you are 18 and you may or may not get access to adult mental health services is ridiculous. It’s intolerable to have that cliff edge,” said Health Minister, Norman Lamb, during a visit to Truro recently.

He added that he was ‘strongly in favour’ of the principle of a specialist mental health unit in the region.

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