Spending Review: Island mental health care 'in crisis'

image captionJerome Read, who has bipolar disorder, said the cuts would affect the health of patients on the island

Mental health services on the Isle of Wight are in "crisis", according to some patients and charities.

Day centres are set to close and some charities on the island are facing uncertain futures amid budget cuts.

The council needs to cut £11m from its 2010/11 budget and has diverted £2m of the £5.5m government's Supporting People (SP) funding to other services.

The authority said vulnerable adults will still be helped but patients said the consequences could be grave.

Jerome Read, who has bipolar disorder, put an advert in a local newspaper to ask mental health patients what they thought of services.

"The responses painted an awful picture of a quintessential holiday island full of depressed people," he said.

"They were talking about taking their own lives, that is what we are talking about, the services are in crisis."

Philip Montagu has been going to the Avenues day centre in Freshwater since he had a breakdown five years ago but the centre is set to shut with the council selling the land for development.

He said: "It is like losing your best friend. They say they will organise something but they announced the closure first with nothing in its place."

While Not Just Enterprises, a charity which helps people with depression and schizophrenia back to work on the island, said the future is bleak after losing a £50,000 grant.

Ian Anderson, director of community services at the council, said day centres would only close when replacements had been found.

He added: "The council are currently working with all providers of adult social care services... to help them think through how they adapt to meet the new demands that they may face."

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