Mental Health Awareness Week – 15th May

Angus Mental Health and Wellbeing Network (AMAHWN) and Voluntary Action Angus (VAA) are working together to promote Mental Health Awareness Week (9 – 15th May, 2022). In Angus, we are highlighting the fantastic work that our partners are involved with and improvements that have been made to mental health and wellbeing services in Angus.

An example of this is the support Angus Council developed for staff during the pandemic to help build resilience. A health and wellbeing site has been created containing articles and signposting to resources about a range of topics including mental and physical health, working safely, working well from home, supporting family and looking after finances. The site also had links to the Council’s employee assistance programme, coaching and the national wellbeing hub. A forum for informal discussions on the site was also created. A range of wellbeing activities have been developed, including weekly virtual meditation sessions, Wellbeing Wednesday and health and wellbeing days. For Council employees, please see Angus Matters for more details.

There are a range of support available for NHS staff too. Have a look on the intranet for more details.

Did you know?

Angus Integrated Mental Health Service has developed a project to help people who have co-occurring mental health and substance use problems access services where and when required. This guarantees that support will focus on both the person’s mental health and substance use problems to help them get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

Did you know?

Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT for short, is a treatment given under general anaesthetic that causes a brief surge of electrical activity within your brain. The aim of the treatment is to relieve the symptoms of some mental health problems, such as severe depression. ECT had been reinstated at Stracathro Hospital, meaning that older people can receive this treatment, which can be lifesaving, in Angus rather than needing an inpatient stay in either Dundee or Perth, or needing to travel out-with Angus to an outpatient clinic.

Did you know?

Additional funding from the Scottish Government has enabled the expansion of the Post Diagnostic Dementia Support Team (PDDST). This means improved access to support wherever people live in Angus and that the Team can provide support quicker. The Team works closely with Kirrie Connections and Angus Carers to enable easy access to support within local areas and to provide support/advice around dementia/dementia care & treatment, to people who are not known to the PDDST.