Mary Creagh MP visits Turning Point services in Wakefield

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield, has visited Turning Point's substance misuse and mental health services in Wakefield.

In Wakefield Turning Point provide a number of services across the substance misuse and mental health sectors. The substance misuse services provide structured treatment for people dependent on alcohol or drugs as well as working with the criminal justice system to ensure people get access to treatment as soon as possible.

Turning Point's mental health service in Wakefield, Rightsteps, is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service which provides a range of low and high intensity interventions for adults who are primarily experiencing depression and anxiety.

Mary met with members of staff across the mental health and substance misuse services to discuss the key issues facing people with substance misuse and mental health issues in the area.

John Shaw, Operations Manager for Wakefield Adult Treatment services said;

"It was a pleasure to welcome Mary to the service today. We had the opportunity to visit our RLE (Retail Learning Experience) shop where she met with some of the service users who are on placement there. We also discussed Turning Point's Wreckreational scheme which deals with new and emerging drug trends in the local area as well as the other community drug services we provide."

Deana Kirkby, Operations Manager for Turning Point Rightsteps in Wakefield said;

"Turning Point Rightsteps is a service for people with common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Mary was very interested in the service, especially the close links between mental health and social circumstances. It was great to discuss the model and the importance of talking therapies services for the local area with her."

Mary Creagh MP said;

"Visiting Turning Point was a wonderful opportunity to see the difference that caring staff and the right support can make. People with substance misuse or mental health issues face serious challenges but the centre's focus on tailored care and long-term rehabilitation was very encouraging. I want to pay tribute to the Turning Point workers who make such a difference in Wakefield."