Improving mental health and wellbeing

Leading on this work is the newly formed Angus Mental Health and Wellbeing Network. To date, four meetings of the Network have been held.

It has a diverse membership and the areas the network will cover include:

  • prevention and advice targeting the whole population including children, young people, working-age adults and older people
  • suicide prevention
  • promoting resilience and self-management
  • mental health and wellbeing in primary care.
  • actively tackling stigma and promoting a positive mental health message
  • act as Angus resource to respond to regional and national consultations
  • commissioning training e.g. Commissioning Mental Health First Aid courses, suicide prevention skills training

Activities to support improved mental health and wellbeing

Safe and together

Lead: Angus Council

Action: System change for victims of domestic abuse

Timescale: 2019 - 

Group the action is intended to support: 0 to 16 and families as a whole


Scotland's mental health first aid

Lead: NHS Tayside

Action: Improving capacity to identify and support people with mental health problems
Aim to provide recognised Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid training courses to build skills, knowledge and confidence among workers and members of the public to recognise the signs of mental health problems and provide appropriate initial support.

Resources allocated: core budgets

How impact will be assessed: improved responses to mental health problems. Numbers attending/reported application of learning

Timescale: 2019 onwards


Locality locator

Lead: Voluntary Action Angus

Action: develop a tool that matches/highlights volunteering opportunities

Resources allocated: staff in place

How impact will be assessed: volunteer placements, website hits

Timescale: 2019/2020

Group the action is intended to support: all with a focus on people with additional support needs


Mapping

Lead: Voluntary Action Angus

Action: pupil equity fund catalogue

How impact will be assessed: spend against targets

Timescale: 2019 to 2021

Group the action is intended to support: 4 to 16 school age


Move more programme

Lead: ANGUSalive and Macmillan

Action: supporting people with cancer to be more active. Information points in libraries

Resources allocated: external funding

How impact will be assessed: participants

Timescale: 2019

Group the action is intended to support: those affected by cancer


Angus Glens Walking Festival

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Encouraging participation in walking and other healthy activities

Resources allocated: existing budget

How impact will be assessed: participants

Timescale: 2019 onwards

Group the action is intended to support: All welcome


Penumbra Angus Nova Service

Lead: Penumbra (AHSCP funded)

Action: This service is available to anyone over the age of 16, living in Angus, who identifies they are struggling with their mental health. The aim of the service is to support individuals to engage more fully in their community, by helping them to manage their mental health difficulties and to access mainstream activities and groups, further education, or work. We accept self-referrals, as well as referrals from any other organisation/service. A range of wellbeing groups are offered by this service. 

To provide recovery-focused support to adults with mental health problems to improve their wellbeing and support them to have access to resources to fulfil their potential.

Resources allocated: within budget

How impact will be assessed: feedback from participants

Group the action is intended to support: social inclusion service for adults experiencing mental health challenges


Penumbra Angus peer service

Lead: Penumbra (AHSCP funded)

Action: This service is offered in Carnoustie and Monifieth Medical Practices (as of May this will be offered in Arbroath Medical Practice also). Peer Workers, who have their own lived experience of mental health difficulties, are based with the medical practices and can offer up to 3 appointments to patients over the age of 16 years. Appointments can be made at the surgery reception desk.  We also offer wellbeing workshops at both practices.

The main aim of the service is to provide patients with the opportunity to access mental health support and/or advice at an earlier stage in their recovery.

Resources allocated: within budget

How impact will be assessed: feedback from participants

Group the action is intended to support: Early prevention and support for adults experiencing mental health challenges. 


Penumbra Angus suicide prevention and support service

Lead: Penumbra (AHSCP funded)

Action: This service 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.

Resources allocated: within budget

How impact will be assessed: feedback from participants

Group the action is intended to support: Early prevention and support for adults affected by suicide


Dundee and Angus College Child Poverty Project

Lead: Dundee and Angus College

Action: To reduce barriers to young people who have not been able to access education, training and employment. Two employability focussed 14 training courses. Outreach support to create connections with community groups and individuals. Creating bespoke touchpoints for people within College.

Resources allocated: staff now in place

How impact will be assessed: range of targets

Timescale: initially April to July 2019

Group the action is intended to support: 16 to 19 years( older for care experienced young people) with barriers to College, employment and training


Online resource toolkit

Lead: Dundee and Angus College

Action: Online Resource toolkit that will raise awareness and share good practice on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience.Training students in mental health first aid.

Resources allocated: development time to create the toolkit

How impact will be assessed: feedback from staff and students. Resources being used.

Timescale: August 2019

Group the action is intended to support: All ages of students and staff


Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

Lead: AHSCP

Action: Provision of a mental health and wellbeing practitioner in the remaining seven GP Practices in Angus to undertake: mental health assessment signposting brief intervention referral and co-ordination of next steps with secondary care Support and provision of advice to GPs and other primary care staff.        Information and advice to patients and carers.  Co-location will enable sharing of knowledge and information and joined-up care.

Resources allocated: Action 15 funding from the Scottish Government to deliver the new mental health strategy.  Funding from Primary Care.

How impact will be assessed: key quality indicators in place for current service

Timescale: 2020

Group the action is intended to support: ages 16 and over


Quit Your Way with our support in Tayside

Lead: NHS Tayside

Action: Provide a smoking cessation service in every community pharmacy in Angus that is trained to provide behavioural support so that people giving up smoking do not need to do this on their own with the provision of free pharmacotherapy for 12 weeks.

Resources allocated: within budget

How impact will be assessed: attendees

Timescale: 2019 onwards


Supporting people bereaved by suicide

Lead: Insight Scotland

Action: New commissioned service providing early intervention in a non-stigmatised way

Resources allocated: one year contract

How impact will be assessed: contract monitoring

Timescale: 2019 onwards


Mental health and wellbeing network

Lead: Angus HSCP

Action: plan, -coordinate, share good practice promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across all ages.

Resources allocated: just time but access to other funding streams e.g. action 15

How impact will be assessed: action plan

Timescale: 2019 onwards


Seven day CMHT

Lead: Angus HSCP

Action: Extending current in hours service to weekends and evenings to prevent hospital admission and reduce the length of stay in hospital 

Resources allocated: £350k additions to baseline source

How impact will be assessed: reduction in LOS and increased patient satisfaction

Timescale: August 2019


KitKat Club

Lead: NHS Tayside

Action: Supporting people with Mental Health issues through peer support


CUThru

Lead: Support in Mind Scotland

Action: Providing support to young people between 16 and 24 years previously known to CAHMS in transition from Children to Adult based services and requiring support to integrate them into their local community. Young People will have a diagnosed Mental Health condition and likely to benefit from one to one or group support.

Resources allocated: Some limited short term funding available.

How impact will be assessed: Impact assessed with service users and professional agencies.

Timescale: 2019/2020

Group the action is intended to support: Ages 16 to 24


Forfar open garden spaces

Lead: Forfar open garden spaces (FOGS)

Action: Work with other smaller groups to form a larger organisation with a 3-year strategic plan and funding from Gannochy. Aims to use social prescribing; intergenerational working; development of garden as a continuing entity - develop woodland space further.

Resources allocated: application to Gannochy Trust

How impact will be assessed: monitor figures and research impacts

Timescale: 2019 to 2022

Group the action is intended to support: All those who can benefit from outdoor space


Friday night projects

Lead: Angus Council

Action: youth engagement and activity in every burgh

Resources allocated: core budgets

How impact will be assessed: survey/evaluation

Timescale: 2019/2020

Group the action is intended to support: ages 14 to 18


Building resilience

Lead: schools and learning

Action: building resilience and growth mindset

Resources allocated: core budgets

How impact will be assessed: survey/evaluation

Timescale: 2019/2020


A culture of care

Lead: all organisations

Action: pledge from all partners to promote positive respectful relationship

Resources allocated: existing budget

How impact will be assessed: partnership evaluation

Group the action is intended to support: all partners, staff and volunteers


Help in every town

Lead: all organisations

Action: Identify locations both within and outwith Monday to Friday where help/support will always be available

Resources allocated: Existing resources, The Cross and Locality Hubs

How impact will be assessed: Number of  people supported and their feedback

Group the action is intended to support: all


Kindness Event - raising awareness

Lead: VAA

Action: Raise awareness, digital isolation, variety of supports, increasing social capital

Resources allocated: The Cross

How impact will be assessed: number of people supported and their feedback

Timescale: 12-month plan

Group the action is intended to support: all


Short life working group

Lead: VAA

Action: Pledge around 5 themes Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning; Give

Resources allocated: existing resources

How impact will be assessed: 12-month action plan to be evaluated


Problem-solving court

Lead: Angus Council justice services

Action: A specific, trauma-informed court held on a Wednesday around a table in an informal manner

Resources allocated: Forfar Sheriff Court and Justice services existing funding (no additional resources have been required)

How impact will be assessed: Court and Justice staff have set up a Problem Solving court to deal with women/women with mental health issues, young people and men.  The setting of the court is informal, the Sheriff does not wear a wig or gown and she sits at the same table as the service users.  They can talk to her directly about their progress or issues. This is designed to reduce some of the anxiety in attending court and promote inclusion in the decision-making process. Outcomes will be noted and recorded in a report.

Timescale: 2019 onwards


Mental Health Wellbeing Worker

Lead: Angus Council Justice Services - Munro Team

Action: Working with the third sector to recruit a mental health wellbeing worker to work collaboratively with Justice staff in the Munro Team to support male service users with health issues

Resources allocated: additional funding

How impact will be assessed: monitored and evaluated - number of service users and their feedback

Timescale: July or August 2019 for one year initially


Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Version 3

Lead: Angus Council Justice Services - Munro Team

Action: Justice Social Workers trained in the newest version of this risk assessment tool which involves a comprehensive assessment of the risks male domestic abuse perpetrators pose to women and children

Resources allocated: Funded by Community Justice Scotland

How impact will be assessed: Integrated within current monitoring and evaluation systems

Timescale: 1 April 2019 onwards


Expansion of 'Other Activity' as part of stand-alone Community Payback Orders with a requirement of Unpaid Work 

Lead: Angus Council Justice Services - Munro Team

Action: To provide tailored interventions for male service users through 'Other Activity', addressing social and criminogenic needs, including mental health and wellbeing

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: Integrated within current monitoring and evaluation systems

Timescale: ongoing


Health walks

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Linked to the Cairngorms National park there is work underway to encourage people to come out into nature and participate in health walks. Keen to expand this along the lines of Sport Aberdeen volunteer programme 

Resources allocated: existing budgets

How impact will be assessed: participation


Partnerships

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Engage with third sector and new Public Health Scotland to determine potential opportunities with outdoor health and wellbeing, green health and general healthy living initiatives

Resources allocated: new resource required

How impact will be assessed: TBC

Timescale: 2019


New Resource

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: A new post is being created within the structure to focus on health and wellbeing

Resources allocated: Participation on the MHWN

How impact will be assessed: new resource

Timescale: October 2019


Branching out

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: With Forestry commission to encourage volunteering opportunities across the country parks - Annual mental health through nature project. 12-week programmes 

Resources allocated: Funded by Forestry Commission

How impact will be assessed: Attendees - 39 sessions delivered in 2018 404 individual visits

Timescale: ongoing


John Muir Award project

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Discovery award for regular attendance - encourages being in the outdoors

Resources allocated: existing budget

How impact will be assessed: 22 people successful in 2018

Timescale: ongoing


Coaching skills

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: junior sailing courses, disability sports education, child protection courses, McMillan training, Lifeguarding, first aid

Resources allocated: existing budget

How impact will be assessed: Attendees

Timescale: ongoing


Volunteering

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Oaks, Acorns, junior rangers and conservation volunteers. Recognition event held annually

Resources allocated: existing budget

How impact will be assessed: testimonials

Timescale: ongoing


Access to resources

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Working towards an agreed set of books for mental health and wellbeing - social prescribing 

Resources allocated: exploring resources

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: Autumn 2019


Dementia boxes

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: within libraries  access to boxes to support those with dementia - across Angus 

Resources allocated: existing resource

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Social inclusion within libraries

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Board game groups operation across the area along with adult colouring, reminiscence groups, knit and natter, book groups, referrals for 'beating the blues' online programme

Resources allocated: existing resource

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: 2020


Health within libraries

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Pilates and yoga or gentle exercise, choirs for lung health, COPD, Autism - within libraries and within museums

Resources allocated: new resource required

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: 2020


Specialist support

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Autism support - backpacks for people with autism and similar conditions - backpacks would contain noise-cancelling headphones, accessible activities. Parkinsons UK sessions (cafes) 

Resources allocated: new resource required

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Volunteer buddy system

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Creating a buddy system in partnership with the third sector to enable more people to access services 

Resources allocated: New Resource required - managing process 

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Buddy scheme

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Enabling participation in sports centres - provides an added level of support to access activities: attending free of charge as part of the membership

Resources allocated: existing resource

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


One to one coach support

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Supporting people with a disability - providing coach support to enable participation in sports and activities - also includes holiday programmes 

Resources allocated: existing resource

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Carers membership

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Free bActive membership for young carers - supports Angus carers to access on concessionary rates 

Resources allocated: existing resource

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Moving medicine model

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Explore 'Moving Medicine' model - prescribing for all types of ailments 

Resources allocated: new resource required

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: 2020


Digital access

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Access to books and materials in doctors' surgeries and hospitals- vending machines? Exploring options - Australian model - digital membership of library accessible 

Resources allocated: new resource

How impact will be assessed: sign-ups

Timescale: 2020


Home delivery service

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Access to books for those unable to get out - looking to expand

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: 85 participants

Timescale: ongoing


Art moves

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Annual session on expressive arts - weekly sessions to support those with disabilities 

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Museums, galleries and archives

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Free to access exhibitions, openings and access within galleries and museums - opportunity to expand this provision

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


GP referrals, bActive Live Well

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Physical activity on prescription to access at a reduced cost - appropriate classes

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Participate art group

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: HSCP links - visual arts sessions for those with disabilities - weekly and bi-annual exhibitions

Resources allocated: HSCP budget

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Community sport hubs

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Operate across Angus to bring sports clubs and other community groups together

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: ongoing


Training

Lead: ANGUSalive

Action: Need for support from partners to best support local people with additional needs, for example, trauma-informed, keep safe etc

Resources allocated: new resource, support


3 projects: choir, drop-in and gardens at Strathairlie

Lead: St Andrew's Church

Action: Choir on Tuesday evening, no experience needed, non-performing, only focussed on wellbeing; Drop-in Thursday pm with possibly Saturday am added - aimed at those feeling low, looking to provide support and relaxation room; Garden - have raised beds, supply cafe and invite Syrian women to grow herbs they had at home

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: 2019/2020


Women's group and food poverty 

Lead: St Andrew's Church

Action: Possible women's group involving Syrian women. Also looking at food poverty with an emphasis on cooking skills

Resources allocated: existing

How impact will be assessed: participation

Timescale: 2019/2020