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Concern over future of support group in Shirley

FEARS are growing over the future of a mental health support group in Shirley following a review by Solihull Council.

FEARS are growing over the future of a mental health support group in Shirley following a review by Solihull Council.

A spokesman for Solihull Council said it launched on consultation on the future of support groups, including the one held at Shirley Institute every Thursday, but no formal decision has yet been made.

Rose-Marie Ridsdale’s mother suffers from depression and has attended the support group for nearly three years. She said she would be ‘appalled’ if the service was to close.

She added: “The club is held so the patients can meet up and socialise with others similar to themselves in a comfortable and safe environment that gets them out of the house and improves their self-esteem and mental welfare.”

Rose-Marie urged the council to ‘do something beneficial and worthwhile.’

Solihull Council launched a consultation, which closed last month, into changes on how it runs the mental health community recovery service. The council has put forward four proposals to improve the service, which helps people recovering from a mental illness get their life back on track

 

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