PEOPLE with mental health problems and their carers are being offered a chance to influence future services at an event next week.

The two-hour meeting at the 2D Business Centre in Crook, on Wednesday, from 10am, is for adults in the Wear Valley and Teesdale districts.

Organisers County Durham and Darlington Mental Health Service, the Durham Dales Primary Care Trust and the Dawson House Support Group are hoping people will help them plan for the future by giving their views.

Kate Harrington, of the User and Care Involvement Team at the Mental Health Service, said: "We are working with mental health users and carers across County Durham and Darlington to find out what they want from the services in the area.

"In 2004 users and carers launched a very important charter which sets out standards of care for people who have a mental health problem and this was signed up to by the NHS organisations in the area.

"The PCTs recognise that people are looking for more control and flexibility over the way they are treated and we hope that by getting more users and their carers involved in having their say we can help to influence the quality of services provided in the future."