Mental health and wellbeing peer worker service launched in Angus

Angus Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has launched a new service that will see people with lived experience of mental health and wellbeing issues provide support and advice to patients at their local GP surgery.

Mental health and wellbeing peer workers will be available in all GP surgeries in Angus and can offer one-to-one support for patients over the age of 16.

The peer workers can provide a range of social, emotional and practical support for up to three appointments which can be arranged by contacting your local GP surgery.  

Angus HSCP has developed and funded the project in collaboration with local GPs. It will be delivered by Penumbra in South Angus and Hillcrest Futures in North Angus.

The service will run alongside the existing specialist Community Mental Health Teams, along with the wide range of support available within the community.

Bill Troup, Head of Community Mental Health Services for Angus HSCP, said, “People with lived experience of mental health distress bring a unique insight which can help people understand they are not alone and give them hope that they will recover.

“This is an additional service for people who are struggling with life’s challenges which complements the contribution that health professionals provide. All our services in Angus will work together to assist us to become more recovery focused and person-centred.”

For mental health and wellbeing information, advice and local and national support please visit angushscp.scot/mhwellbeing.