Sinn Féin backing for street triage - Flynn
Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson for Mental Health Órlaithí Flynn has reiterated support for street triage services and improved healthcare within PSNI custody suites.
Speaking following a meeting with the PSNI, the West Belfast MLA commented:
"Today is world mental health day and it is important as elected representatives we ensure that all our public services can meet the needs of those with poor mental health.
“There is a growing demand on all our public services not just health. We know that increasing numbers of people who find themselves in custody suites have complex healthcare needs. These can vary from mental ill health, substance misuse and physical disabilities.
“A recent report titled ‘Custody health needs assessment’ identified a need to provide a fuller range of services for those who find themselves in custody. There needs to be a greater level of integration of services and capacity for PSNI staff to respond to areas like mental health, suicide and self-harm.
“I also raised the issue of the Street Triage pilot running in the South Eastern Trust, which covers parts of Belfast. The service will focus on provision of out of hours’ support, particularly at weekends, and include the community and voluntary sector, community psychiatric nursing, paramedics and the PSNI.
“Ensuring that those in need have access to appropriate services will be essential to improving better health outcomes.