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NEARLY 300 people were admitted to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds in the past year suffering from mental health issues, according to figures just released.

The latest figures show that the total of 273 was nearly 10 per cent up on the 2009/10 figure of 250 as the health service offers more help.

It comes in the form of initiatives brought in by the Government under the title of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

Under this, sufferers can even bypass their doctor and be seen for assessment by experts at Suffolk Mental Health Partnership’s IAPT centre at G Block, Hospital Road, Bury, calling 01284 733100.

Therapy centre manager Jonathan Ellis said the introduction of IAPT had meant help for people suffering from a wide range of mental health issues, brought on by many causes, could be offered more quickly than in the past.

He said: “If you are suffering, the help available has never been so good.

“We are telling people: You are not on your own; there are people here to help.”

That help has meant that only the most acute cases see people referred to hospital when the issues they face are so severe they require clinical intervention.

“If we can see people more quickly, it can avoid people going to hospital,” said Mr Ellis, who has some 30 years experience in the field.

IAPT works closely with charities such as Mind, and even runs free sleep workshops among its services.