Alistair Burt MP joined the multi-agency Bedfordshire Mental Health Street Triage team for a shift on Wednesday 5 October.
Mr Burt joined the team, made up of a Mental Health Nurse, a Police Officer and a Paramedic, to find out about the work they have been doing across the county.
The Mental Health Street Triage is a partnership between Bedfordshire Police, East of England Ambulance Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and mental health charities Mind BLMK and the Samaritans.
The pilot scheme sees a police officer, paramedic and mental health professional team up in one car to respond to mental health crisis calls 365 days a year. They will cover the whole county, operating from 3pm – 1am, with bases at Police Headquarters in Kempston and at Luton Police Station.
The team will attend incidents where there is an immediate threat to life – someone threatening to self-harm or commit suicide – or where a third party has called the police or ambulance and expressed concern. The team has a dedicated phone and can be referred to incidents by police and ambulance control rooms.