Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW), a leading provider of mental health and disability services in the North of England, is working with Cumbria Police to pilot a new service. It sees mental health clinicians and police officers teaming up so they can respond appropriately to people who are in mental health crisis who come into contact with the police.

The service, known as the Street Triage Team, is being piloted in the Carlisle City Council area. It has been running since the beginning of May 2021 with promising results, receiving comments from the people the team have supported such as: “I felt listened to when I needed support,” “They listen and help you make a plan,” and “They made me feel reassured and safe.”

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