Community Mental Health and Dementia Services
Our community mental health service provides assessment, support and counselling primarily for people under the age of 65 with mental health problems, and their carers. There are also services for people over the age of 65 and people of all ages with Dementia.
Most people choose to discuss their referral to the mental health service with their GP although other professionals can make some referrals or you can self-refer. You can refer a friend or family member but only if that person is in agreement with the referral taking place.
You can contact the community mental health teams on the following numbers:
- Forfar/Kirriemuir: 01307 475239
- Arbroath/Carnoustie/Monifieth: 01241 437200
- Brechin/Montrose: 01356 692856
An assessment will be undertaken to determine how quickly you need to be seen. If there are issues regarding safety or medical urgency, these can be responded to on the day of referral. Less serious needs may take a little longer.
This is a confidential service with information only provided to other agencies with the agreement of the service user. However, if there are any concerns raised regarding adults or children at risk appropriate action will be taken to safeguard their needs.
- Moodjuice – is a site designed to offer information and advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions.
- Beating the Blues – is a computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for sufferers of depression and anxiety.
- Breathing Space – is a telephone helpline where experienced advisors will listen and provide information and advice.
People Over 65 and People with Dementia
These teams include staff from health and social work including mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and support workers, who work together to help people with mental health problems.
They offer advice, guidance and support in a number of areas:
- monitoring your mental health
- therapy, including dealing with anxiety
- admitting you to hospital for assessment
- day care
- occupational therapy services, which include providing equipment to help you at home
- home care
- respite options that can include residential care and care at home
- advice about welfare benefits and budgeting
- residential and nursing home care
You can contact the team via ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778
Once you, or someone on your behalf, has contacted us we will get back to you to organise an assessment. This assessment will focus on your mental health issues and may lead to a treatment plan being developed.
Support For People Newly Diagnosed with Dementia
We provide 12 months support tailored to any individual, and their family, who are newly diagnosed with dementia.
This service is delivered by staff who can develop a supportive relationship with the individual and their carers to support the individual to live well and independently with dementia for as long as possible. Once you have been diagnosed by your consultant, we will contact you and organise a convenient time to visit you and your family. This will normally happen within seven working days.
- give information, advice and support to help you understand your illness and how to manage day to day life
- offer you and your family information, advice and guidance about planning for the future
- give advice, guidance and support on a range of matters, including financial matters, benefits, driving, medication, other services
- give advice, guidance and support to assist you to remain connected to your community for example attending jointly run dementia cafes with Alzheimer’s Scotland and the team
- explain about power of attorney (choosing someone to act on your behalf for your finances and welfare)
- support to help you come to terms with your dementia, assisting you to access peer support (speaking to others with dementia and their carers)
This will involve completing a self directed support assessment. For more information visit our Self-Directed Support page.
For people aged under 65 with dementia in Angus, we have set up a support group in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. A support group is also available for carers of people in this age group.
For further information about the post diagnostic dementia service call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.