Partnership working in mental health is crucial in preventing people becoming unwell, providing early support and advice and high quality care when needed.

An additional £825k has been spent on the psychological therapy service Let’s Talk to help people experiencing common conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression. This year alone, Let’s Talk helped more than 7,000 people access support.

A further £113k is boosting the £1.5m national funding Gloucestershire received last year to improve specialist community mental health support for pregnant women and new mums, meaning that the service can be expanded to support even more people.

Other developments include the opening of a wellbeing house in partnership with national charity Mind and funding extended hours at The Cavern in Gloucester, where people can benefit from non-clinical support, company and a listening ear.

There have also been new investments in mental health crisis services, criminal justice liaison services and mental health work within local hospitals.