Surrey County Council will invest an extra £1.7 million to help people with mental health issues stay in their own homes and communities following a Cabinet decision.
The cash will be given to voluntary groups in each of Surrey’s boroughs and districts over three years to provide mental health advice and support in the heart of their communities.
More than 110,000 adults in Surrey are believed to suffer from a common mental health condition such as depression or anxiety – nearly 20% of over-18s. Another 57,000 people in the county have significant mental health issues.
Helping those with mental ill-health currently costs the council almost £15.3 million a year, which is around 6% of the budget for adult social services.
Michael Gosling, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Supporting vulnerable people is at the heart of what the council does.
“Whether they’re young or old, they rely on us for support and this investment will help to keep people with mental-ill health well in their communities, reduce social isolation and provide more employment opportunities.”
The investment was identified as part of a Public Value Review focused on improving Surrey’s mental health services.