As we emerge from over two years of Covid restrictions, into times where it will be difficult for some people to cope with increases to the cost of living, mental health is more important than ever. We strive to deliver the best possible service to those who need our support, working collaboratively with partners to deliver mental health support.
West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion recognises the importance of being able to access the appropriate mental health support and appreciate the need for specialist knowledge. Mental Health Practitioners are appointed across all our teams, located both within the community and the court arena.
Our community Mental Health Practitioners aim to offer fair access to Mental Health services for those individuals who have come through police custody and signpost them to the appropriate services.
We have Mental Health Practitioners based in both Magistrates and Crown Courts across West Yorkshire. Their roles involve assessing and working with individuals in mental health acute and crisis situations. With knowledge of statutory and non-statutory services they work with partners to assess and support service users through the judicial processes advising on support for individual’s mental health providing assessments and reports when necessary.
Our Practitioners have also undertaken a Mental Health First Aid course, which is the help offered to a person developing a mental health issue, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health issue or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis appears to have been resolved. Mental Health First Aiders have a greater awareness of their own and others’ mental health, they listen without judgment and can signpost individuals to the right help they may require.