Last week, Councillor Repton (Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care) visited approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) at St Andrew’s House in Derby. This was in conjunction with National Approved Mental Health Professional Day.

The Adult Principle Social Worker Network has chosen June 29th as its day to highlight the work of AMHPs. The event is intended to raise awareness of the role of AMHPs and to draw attention to this vital area of practice.

AMHPs are a key part of mental health awareness and action within the UK, and play an important role in ensuring the Mental Health Act is adhered to. Their role is a tough one, requiring significant training and regular ongoing CPD, not to mention resilience, skill and the ability to act independently.

The National Day also aims to reduce the stigma surrounding discussing mental health. An open and supportive environment in which to discuss mental health is crucial for encouraging people to speak up about problems they may be having.

After meeting with the team on Thursday 13th July, Councillor Repton said:

1 in 4 people have mental health problems serious enough to go to their GP. Mental health affects all of us, and it is an important part of the national agenda. The AMPH team works in partnership with the NHS and Police, creating a superb network of help and support for those who need it. This ensures that people in Derby have access to the best possible care when they are facing mental health issues.