A new mental health service in Leicestershire and Rutland will significantly improve the help offered to people with illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression when it is launched later this year.
The number of workers providing mental health support to patients in primary care will treble from 27 to 85 when the new service starts in September.
Peter Huskinson, director of market development at NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, said: ‘We are very excited about this new service. It represents a massive additional investment in a much-needed area of health care.
‘We look forward to working with the new service and local GP practices to help people make sure they get access to the healthcare they need for common mental health problems.’
Leicestershire GP, Dr Chris Trzcinski, added the improved service is aimed at helping people with mental health problems at an early stage in order to prevent their condition from getting worse.