Residents experiencing emotional distress due to the odours emanating from the Walleys Quarry landfill site are being offered additional mental health support.

The new service, provided by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) in partnership with North Staffs Mind and Changes Health & Wellbeing is open to those aged 16 and over who live or work in close proximity to the site in Silverdale.

As well as individual, confidential counselling, support groups for residents affected by the odours are also being offered, alongside coping strategies and self-help materials to help improve wellbeing.

People can access this support through the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service by calling 0300 303 0923 or visiting www.staffsandstokewellbeing.nhs.uk, where an online self-referral can be made.

Anyone who develops more severe anxiety disorders or depression requiring further psychological support may also be offered treatment.

Jennie Collier, Managing Director of MPFT’s Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent’s Care Group said: “People living in the area around Walleys Quarry who contact the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service are reporting the odour from the site is having a detrimental impact of their mental health.

“This has manifested itself as depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders and other issues. In recognition of the ongoing situation at the site, we are working alongside our colleagues at North Staffs Mind and Changes to enhance the support on offer to residents to help to make a difference.”

Kate Boundy, Chief Executive of North Staffs Mind, which is providing individual counselling said: “We are pleased to be part of such a proactive partnership which will offer a range of mental health support to local people at a particularly challenging time.”

Dave Wheat, Chief Executive of Changes, which is offering support groups said: “To offer residents ease of access, Changes is providing groups within the community a daytime group at Silverdale Working Men’s Club (Thursday 10am-12 noon) and an evening group at Cornerstone Community Centre (Monday 6pm-8pm).

“Our groups provide a safe space where residents can join with others affected by Walleys Quarry to offer each other support, share insights and learn ways of coping with mental distress.”

The wider Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service is provided by MPFT and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust in partnership with Mental Health Matters, the Dove Service, North Staffs Mind, Burton and District Mind and Changes Health & Wellbeing.

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