Mental health group lost base to drug users

A MENTAL health patient has slammed council chiefs after his day centre was shut then re-opened hours later for people with drug and alcohol problems.

The patient said it “added insult to injury” that one of the few places he could find help for his problems should lose out to projects helping those with “self-inflicted” ones.

The Making Space centre, based in the Coops building in Dorning Street, Wigan, was closed in a shake-up of services. The 32-year-old from Aspull, who suffers from depression, had been going there for six years.

He said: “It is disgusting that we have been kicked out. But the day after our centre was closed, it was being used for people with drug and alcohol problems.

“I think there should be services for those people but their problems are self-inflicted. My problems and those of my fellow centre users aren’t and yet we are losing out. How come they’ve enough money for drug and alcohol addicts and not us? The day centre was a rock for me. Now we have a room at Wigan fire station where we talk through our problems between ourselves but there is no specialist help.”

A council spokesman said: “It is true that the drugs and alcohol services have taken over the space vacated at Coops. However it would be inaccurate to suggest that the mental health service has been replaced by a drug and alcohol service.

“As part of the ongoing review of Mental Health Day Services, Making Space vacated the building from June 30. The drug and alcohol service took over the lease on July 1. The space would have been left unoccupied if the service had not taken the lease.”