Let’s hear your views on mental health in Lanarkshire

Liz McWhinney (front second right) and Kate Bell (front second left) with representatives from Lanarkshire Links and other mental health groups at a recent Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy focus group.

Members of the public are being invited to give their views on a Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Lanarkshire.

The purpose of the strategy is to set out mental health priorities for Lanarkshire over the next five years and beyond.

It is being developed as part of a partnership involving NHS Lanarkshire, Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership. All those interested in its development can contribute to the strategy over the coming months.

Engagement work has been taking place since autumn 2018 involving patients, carers, the public, staff, voluntary and third sector organisations and a reminder is going out to those who use or know someone who uses mental health services that their opinions and input will help influence the strategy’s development.

Liz MacWhinney from Lanarkshire Links said: “We’re encouraging all our members to get involved and would urge the wider public to do so as well. “It will allow all those who have the lived experience or who have an interest in mental health services to make a positive contribution to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy by giving their thoughts and views. “Ordinary people’s contribution is essential to accurately reflect the needs of patients, families and carers and for their views to be reflected in the strategy.”

Anne Armstrong, nurse director, Health & Social Care Partnership North Lanarkshire, is the executive lead on behalf of the partnerships for the strategy development. Anne said: “The formation of this strategy gives us the opportunity to examine
how mental health and wellbeing services currently work and explore new ways of working to get an approach that puts the person at the centre of support and care.

“It’s a unique opportunity for people to consider existing mental health services and supports and give us their views on what they view are the future requirements and models of mental health care and support in Lanarkshire.”

People are being asked:

 What they feel are the needs of the local population.
 How we can improve access to mental health in primary care settings
 Their thoughts on dementia and mental health
 About children and young people’s mental health
 Their views on specialist mental health services.

A central element of the strategy will also continue to be reducing the stigma which still exists around mental health.

How to get involved

The first draft of the Lanarkshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is expected to be complete by the end of March 2019. We will then be engaging widely internally and with community groups and organisations to give people the opportunity to hear our plans and give us their feedback. This will take place over a six week period between 8 April and 24 May 2019. Members of the Lanarkshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy team will capture and collate these comments to identify any common themes, points or questions which will be used to influence the content of the final draft strategy.

The final Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Lanarkshire is expected to be ready by summer 2019. Further work will take place to help with the implementation of the final aims and objectives of the strategy. If you or your group would like to send a submission or find out more about the strategy, you can send your submission or contact the mental health strategy project team directly at: MHStrategy@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk Information and updates will also be available on the NHS Lanarkshire website over the coming months.

Where to find out more information

To find out more about the new Lanarkshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, visit the dedicated page on the NHS Lanarkshire website (see right) which contains a host of information and contacts.

The page can be found here - https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/get-involved/consult-engage/menta...