The Healthy Mind Network is to work with GPs in Stoke on Trent to offer a range of services for mental health problems.
In April this year the trial will open up access to the most modern treatments to support people with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders and more.
Every person referred by their GP to the Healthy Minds Network will be contacted within 48 hours.
Experienced primary care mental health workers will then work with individuals to decide on the best treatment and support for each individual."
"This scheme will directly address an area of health that has never received such significant investment. Figures show that one in four people have mental health problems at some point in their lives and 90% of those are termed as mild to moderate conditions.
"We are excited at the prospect of working closely with Rethink and developing the network to tackle this issue."
PCT Clinical Chair Steve Fawcett said: "This scheme will provide a more responsive and accessible service for many patients with mental health problems in primary care."
Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply) "Fantastic idea, patients will benefit and can see it as another option in attending for assessments, less stigmatising, long waiting time, unnecessary hospital admission. Trusts will benefit as it will be cost effective, secondary care will see it as reduction of workload to enable them to deal with SMI patients” - Magella Nwimo – Primary Care Psychiatric Nurse (Hackney, London)