A service offering enhanced mental health support to residents experiencing emotional distress due to the odours emanating from the Walleys Quarry landfill site is helping to make a difference to peoples’ lives.

The service has offered treatment to dozens of people to support their recovery from a range of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

Provided by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) in partnership with North Staffs Mind and Changes Health & Wellbeing, the service 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.

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

People can access this support via the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service (IAPT) by calling 0300 303 0923 or visiting www.staffsandstokewellbeing.nhs.uk, where an online self-referral can be made. The service is part of the national adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

Dr Mark Kenwright, Clinical Lead for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service (IAPT) said: “We are pleased that this partnership service is helping to make a difference to the lives of residents whose mental wellbeing is being impacted by the odours emanating from the Walleys Quarry landfill site.

“This enhanced support will continue to be provided for as long as it is required and I urge residents experiencing emotional distress to make contact with us and take advantage of the support available to them.”

The wider Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service (IAPT) 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.