Crayford mental health centre to close as 'not fit for purpose'

Crayford mental health centre to close as 'not fit for purpose'

"Suicides and hospital admissions will rise" as Crayford Centre closes

Victor Logan, seen here campaigning against Lewisham Hospital's A&E's closure, is devastated by the closure of the centre

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A mental health centre in Crayford has shut after Bexley Council declared it "no longer fit for purpose".

News of the facility in London Road's closure has led one service user to suggest more people will kill themselves when the "precious lifeline" is gone.

The Crayford Centre providesd a range of activities including IT training, arts and music to help encourage further community involvement.

However the contract for mental health recovery day services was put out to tender earlier this year and awarded to Mind in Bexleyheath.

The Crayford Centre closed on Saturday (May 31).

The council has said the centre - described as a "precious lifeline" - is now unsuitable to sustain "any service".

One person who has used the centre for around 20 years told News Shopper the closure would lead to people taking their own lives.

Victor Logan, 58, of Farmdale Road, Charlton, said: "This is short-sighted planning which will lead to more people committing suicide and more ending up on hospital wards.

"It is a precious lifeline for people with mental health issues to meet professionals who have some understanding.

"It is a help point and they can discuss their difficulties in a low key way and get the help they need - sometimes I’ve been a few times a week."

Mr Logan has been against the closure but said he will consider using the new service.

A Bexley Council spokesman said: "Mental health recovery day services are jointly commissioned by Bexley Council and NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

"Service users have been working closely with us and NHS Bexley CCG to review existing services.

"The contract for mental health recovery services was put out for tender last year and awarded to Mind in Bexley earlier this year.

"The new services will focus on supporting the individual and ensuring that they have a tailored plan that helps them recover."

"The new redesigned services will also support people who need help to access services directly from their own homes where appropriate and, in doing so, improve their access to mainstream local community resources."

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5:27pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Keeping the Council Tax frozen for 4 years comes at a cost. It is called services.

Don't be too surprised.

Was any of the recent things discussed by the election candidates. Someone mentioned £40m of cuts over the next 4 years..Something has to give. At least Cllr Taylor is no longer responsible for Adults. And Mr Charters will no lonfer be the Director.

Give the people a say in what money is spent on.

Will services get bad here like they are for Children's Services. Despite the changes, it is all too slow and still needs improving. Read it in the Ofsted report.

Can someone independent look at services for the elderly and vulnerable in Bexley.
Keeping the Council Tax frozen for 4 years comes at a cost. It is called services. Don't be too surprised. Was any of the recent things discussed by the election candidates. Someone mentioned £40m of cuts over the next 4 years..Something has to give. At least Cllr Taylor is no longer responsible for Adults. And Mr Charters will no lonfer be the Director. Give the people a say in what money is spent on. Will services get bad here like they are for Children's Services. Despite the changes, it is all too slow and still needs improving. Read it in the Ofsted report. Can someone independent look at services for the elderly and vulnerable in Bexley. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 3

5:43pm Tue 3 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

Yeap the vulnerable are the first to be killed off.
Yeap the vulnerable are the first to be killed off. white rabbit9
  • Score: -11

3:36pm Wed 11 Jun 14

12341234 says...

Why is Victor of Charlton using the service, and not Greenwich's equivalent on Burrage Road / Greenwich Mind which is far superior to Bexley's offerings. They've got more money for such things in Inner London; although Bromley's Mind has the most variety of groups to attend.

I used to attend The Crayford Centre when a Bexley resident and credit to Geoff and Cecilia - they are excellent people.

And NewsShopper, this should be in Bexley News, not Dartford & Swanley, seeing as this story is discussing Bexley matters. In Dartford & Swanley, Kent MH Trust really are trying to kill them off, imo...
Why is Victor of Charlton using the service, and not Greenwich's equivalent on Burrage Road / Greenwich Mind which is far superior to Bexley's offerings. They've got more money for such things in Inner London; although Bromley's Mind has the most variety of groups to attend. I used to attend The Crayford Centre when a Bexley resident and credit to Geoff and Cecilia - they are excellent people. And NewsShopper, this should be in Bexley News, not Dartford & Swanley, seeing as this story is discussing Bexley matters. In Dartford & Swanley, Kent MH Trust really are trying to kill them off, imo... 12341234
  • Score: 2

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