Caithness survey shows people are unsure how to access mental health services

Caithness survey shows people are unsure how to access mental health services

A survey on psychological well being provision in Caithness has discovered that persons are not sure how finest to entry providers, whereas there’s additionally concern a couple of lack of “after hours” assist.

The neighborhood psychological well being survey was performed by the Motion Group for Social Isolation and Psychological Wellbeing, a subgroup of the Caithness Covid-19 resilience effort. The goal was to current a present view of the accessibility and suitability of providers within the county.

Julie Marker, of Wick-based Caithness Voluntary Group (CVG), who chairs the group, stated: “We felt very early on that it was essential to get an up-to-date snapshot of the place we are actually, in gentle of psychological well being wants that have been current earlier than the pandemic and the way wants have modified in latest months.

“The survey outcomes present that persons are undecided the place finest to entry providers or what is offered. Most individuals go to their GP when they’re experiencing issues regarding poor psychological well being however usually discover that, past that preliminary assist, the choices are restricted.

“One other main downside reported is the dearth of assist ‘after hours’.”

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The motion group just lately arrange a poster marketing campaign, led by Jamie Robson, one of many members, displaying native individuals holding up an indication reminding everybody that “it’s OK to say you aren’t OK!” in an try to scale back the stigma of psychological sickness and to encourage dialogue.

Police Scotland, which is represented on the group, is facilitating the printing of the poster for wider distribution.

The Aspiring Communities crew at Caithness Voluntary Group, in collaboration with statutory, non-public and third-sector companions, and with the assistance of an area focus group, is engaged on a digital useful resource mapping out providers which are accessible to people who find themselves combating their psychological well being.

Julie, who’s the undertaking co-ordinator, stated: “Our digital useful resource incorporates all types of contacts and actions regarding psychological well being, from preventative measures to disaster assist and all the pieces in between.

“We hope our web site will enable individuals to see, at a look, the kind of helps that may be discovered on their doorstep.

“Caithness has some sensible organisations that may assist individuals to enhance their psychological well being, whether or not they’re younger dad and mom, individuals combating ache, younger carers, those that are feeling remoted or any of plenty of different points that might profit from further assist – the useful resource will map them out. The positioning will even have the most recent information on statutory and personal providers which are accessible to native individuals.”

The web site is predicted to be reside in two to a few weeks.

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