Project in royal spotlight

A ground-breaking initiative to transform mental-health crisis responses developed by professionals in the North East was in the royal spotlight last week.

Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:53 am
The Duke of Cambridge at the National Mental Health and Policing Conference, in Oxford.

Respond, a simulation training package for professionals, was the focus of a workshop attended by the Duke of Cambridge at a conference in Oxford. The Duke gave a short speech at the event highlighting the importance of mental health, before joining workshops with professionals.

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Respond was developed in the North East by professionals in mental-health crisis care, working closely with experts by experience, who have direct experience of using mental-health services. It simulates crisis scenarios using video and audio clips of real people with real experience of those situations.

It brings together all involved in supporting people in mental-health crisis – doctors, nurses, police, paramedics, mental-health workers and experts by experience – to explore their problem-solving skills, knowing that mistakes can be made without long-term consequences.

Inspector Steve Baker, of Northumbria Police, said: “We have made huge strides in the way we deal with mental health in our region and Respond is a really innovative project. Every day our officers interact with vulnerable people who suffer incredibly complex mental-health issues and it’s vital that we understand how we can improve the way we engage with them.”