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Save the Charlie Reid Centre

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Our message and petition to the Glasgow City Council, from the members and friends of the Charlie Reid Centre We, the undersigned, while opposing the introduction of personalisation for mental health, believe that far from increasing choice it reduces choice and that this reduction in choice is most eminently demonstrated by the possible closure of the Charlie Reid Centre and the removal of its block grant by Glasgow City Council. Any possible closure effectively shuts down person centered therapy in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. A successful therapy and philosophy can ony be measured in effectiveness by its quality not by any meaningful quantity measurements or tick box exercise. The only way to measure this quality of service is to consult those who use the service. We strongly oppose the lack of consultation on this prominent health issue. The possible closure of the Charlie Reid Centre will all but destroy our community which daily acts as a barrier to suicide, re-hospitalisation, despair and loneliness. We feel that Glasgow City Council has not comprehensively considered the wider implications of any potential closure, and that any such action contradicts the principles that underpin the philosophy of the Community Care Act that brought about the birth of the Centre, Who better to ask what kind of service with a mental health problem really needs in relation to support, than the person with the mental health problem, ALL YOU NEEDED TO DO WAS ASK US !

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