Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.
Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of the Mental Health activities initiated by the City of London Corporation’s Public Health Team. Members also noted progress in respect of the City’s Mental Health Centre, which was due to open in May 2020. Members were invited to contact the Chairman or Deputy Chairman if they wished to undertake first aid mental health training and/or children and young people’s mental health training, as more work would be forthcoming in this area. The officer explained that all training would be evaluated after 6 months, and officers had approached 2 barber training schools in Westminster.
Members noted that Public Health England (PHE) had said that the City’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan, the joint City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, the City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Hackney’s Mental Health Strategy and action plan were exemplary. This was in the context of the joint City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, the City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Hackney applying to be joint signatories of the prevention concordat for better mental health. Furthermore, the PHE had asked if they could use the strategy and action plans as models for other local authorities.
In response to questions about the success of Dragon Café in the City, Members noted that the café had regular attendees and lots of personal recommendations. Whilst the Dragon Café offers a safe space for people to engage with and develop skills to support mental wellbeing, it is not the same type of intervention as the “Crisis Café” in Hackney. Members noted the potential for community space at the Barbican and the pop-up centre at the Barbican Library last week.
RESOLVED, that – the report be noted.