One Thousand people visit Mental Health Information Station in First Year




NHS Lothian’s Mental Health Information Station shared a very special cake last Thursday to celebrate over a thousand visitors using the service in its first year.
 
Jane Sutherland is Lead Occupational Therapist with NHS Lothian’s Community Mental Health Services and she highlighted how the number of GP enquiries about mental health has increased substantially over the last few years.
 
“Here, we can help people to explore a wide range of subjects such as mental health conditions, medication, therapies, selfhelp, support groups and existing mental health services,” said Jane.
 
The Mental Health Information Station is free and available every Thursday from 11am until 3pm at the Walpole Hall which is next to St Mary’s Cathedral in Palmerston Place, Edinburgh.
 
It is a onestopshop providing support, information and sign posting for anyone affected by mental health and wellbeing issues. The service is led by Occupational Therapists from NHS Lothian in partnership with Health in Mind, Volunteer Edinburgh and Outlook adult education project.
 
Jane continued: “The drop in highlights the wide variety of satisfying and rewarding activities which help support wellbeing and are either free or low cost and include social and leisure activities, education courses, volunteering and information on returning to work.

“It’s great to give someone the opportunity to speak to a variety of professionals informally over a cup of coffee or tea and provide them with information that may make a positive difference to their lives.”
 
The service:
 
  • Allow visitors to browse information on display or speak directly to advisors on hand, no appointment required;
  • Assistance to people on how to connect with others and enjoy social opportunities and meet ups, and
  • Benefits advice and housing guidance.
 
Graeme Walker attended the Mental Health Information Station shortly after it opened and he explained how it ultimately enabled him to think about going back to work.
 
“I was under the care of the Royal Edinburgh in September and October of 2015 and as part of the information the occupational therapist gave me, there was a leaflet for the Information Station.
 
“I came here on the second week it opened and since then, it’s enabled me to be involved in some amazing projects which I would never have found unless I’d turned up on that raining day in October,” said Graeme.
 
The Mental Health Information Station led Graeme to a variety of projects which he says gave him hope where no hope existed before.
 
“I had a notion that I wanted to work in the mental health sector,” said Graeme, “but didn’t really know how my skill set would fit or how to find jobs in this area.
 
“I met a couple of people from employability services and without them I wouldn’t have found the job I now have with Penumbra.”

 


Over 1000 people have visited the Mental Health Information Station during its first year!
 
 
 
 
 

Last Reviewed: 03/11/2016