Stress, anxiety, low mood and depression are very common problems. Many people recover on their own in a few weeks but others will need help and support. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to help yourself, and there are resources and people to help you.
In the practice we have added a Mental Health and Wellbeing Nurse Service to the range of many other services already being offered to their patients.
A Mental Health and Wellbeing Nurse (MHWN) is a senior experienced mental health nurse, who will support the Practice to provide a timely intervention to immediately presenting issues.
The MHWN will:
• Respond to distress, undertake assessments and formulate outcomes
• Signpost to self-help including General Practitioner, social prescribing, Long Term Conditions Group, Penumbra, Beating the Blues, Insight Counselling
• Referral to specialist services including Angus Adult Psychological Therapies Service, Angus Integrated Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service, Forfar/Kirriemuir Community Mental Health team or other statutory services.
• The nurse does not deliver any ongoing interventions herself but can offer one follow-up appointment if the patient needs time to consider the options available.
• Patients will be equipped with information to make ongoing referrals themselves.
The MHWN Service is based full-time in the practice and is shared between Angela Gorman and Jan Parsons, who are both experienced Community Mental Health Nurses.
They are able to see patients aged over 16 years of age presenting with mental health and wellbeing issues (who are not currently involved with other mental health services).
When patients contact the practice now and provide details relating to a mental health issue they may be signposted to the MHWN Service who will call them back and either make arrangements for them to be seen or to provide a telephone consultation.
There are also many insightful self-help leaflets for some mental health issues at this link Mental health - self help
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self harm, you should always contact the practice directly.
To help you make a difference to children & young people's lives visit Hands on Scotland
There are many resources to assist you. For services available in Tayside click on Healthy Minds
The Angus Suicide Prevention and Support Service is provided by Penumbra and is available to all adults living in Angus who experience thoughts of suicide or who may have attempted suicide. Support is also available for family members, carers or friends of adults experiencing suicidal thoughts. The service is designed to offer assessment of individual need, provide support and interventions that promote safety, wellbeing and recovery. Information, guidance and signposting regarding suicide prevention will also be provided.
This is a Monday to Friday 9-5 service. To access support please contact:
Free phone 0800 135 7899 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org