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QPR in the Community Trust and West London NHS Trust have announced a pioneering mental health partnership.

A team of mental health professionals from West London NHS Trust will be moving into Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in a bid to reach out to more people in the local area in need of mental health support.

The announcement of the partnership marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 (May 9th-15th). The theme for the week is loneliness.

Dr. Christopher Hilton, a psychiatrist and executive director of local services at West London NHS Trust said: “This partnership between West London NHS Trust and QPR in the Community Trust is a significant step towards making sure people in need of mental health support in the local community can get access to it more easily.

"The surrounding areas of White City, North Kensington and Shepherd’s Bush are a wide mix of wealthy and deprived population yet referral rates into mental health services are lower than average.”

Championing the scheme, QPR club ambassador Andy Sinton discussed his own experiences of reaching out to vulnerable people in lockdown.

He said: “This partnership working with NHS mental health professionals will build on the links we have with our local community. 

“It was really important that we kept in touch with vulnerable supporters and ex-players throughout lockdown by ringing round and checking in on them.

“Loneliness can lead to all sorts of other mental and physical health problems, so having NHS professionals working alongside our community team will be a great way to make sure local residents are getting the support they need.”

To find out more about West London NHS Trust’s Mental Health Integrated Network Teams, CLICK HERE.