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Adult Mental Health

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have developed the Healthy Minds – Adult Mental Health Improvement and Early Intervention Framework, a tool to enable us to support colleagues across each of the six Health and Social Care Partnerships to effectively deliver mental health improvement for our adult population.

For more information about some common mental health conditions and for self-management tips and advice, please visit the NHSGGC Heads Up website.

Useful Information on the Framework

Respond Better to Distress

Unfortunately, some people can find it difficult to cope at times in their lives and may harm themselves or think of ending their life. We need to improve our responses to people in distress, both from services and the wider community, including action to prevent suicide and better support for people who self harm.

There are a range of suicide prevention activities underway across Greater Glasgow and Clyde, coordinated via the Choose Life Programmes and at Board level.  

Self Harm Forum

The NHSGGC Self Harm Forum is a group of trainers who have completed the What’s the Harm: Self Harm Awareness and Skills Training Course and play a key role in building capacity across the board area to help standardise understanding of and responses to self harm when used as a coping strategy.

Helpful resources

Suicide Alert Resources: Resources developed in recognition of the current context of COVID-19 and its impact on the public in terms of possible increases in both mental health concerns and numbers of people experiencing increased distress and/or suicidal thoughts. These can be downloaded from our resources page.

Healthy Minds Basic Mental Health (Adult): A session from our Healthy Minds Resource that aims to raise awareness of mental health, what can impact mental health, what to look out for if someone is struggling with their mental health, and what we can do to help protect and support mental health.

Ask Tell, Save a Life: Every Life Matters: An animation developed by Public Health Scotland and NHS Education Scotland explores the issue of suicide, including statistics and facts about suicide in Scotland. It helps learners understand the signs that people may be thinking about suicide, and how and when to provide immediate help and support.

Promote Wellbeing for People with Long Term Conditions

Long-term conditions are defined as health conditions that last a year or longer, impact a person’s life, and may require ongoing care and support. People with long-term mental health problems have significantly poorer health outcomes with an up to a 20-year gap in life expectancy. Similarly, people with other long-term conditions are at higher risk of mental health difficulties.

It is important to promote holistic health for people with long-term conditions (“healthy body, healthy mind”), promote recovery approaches, and social inclusion. It is also important to include a focus on carers’ wellbeing as part of this agenda.

The Long Term Conditions session from our Healthy Minds Resource can help raise awareness of the impact that long-term conditions can have on mental health and explores strategies to help manage this.

Helplines

NHS Inform: provides information on a range of illnesses and conditions and helps people make informed choices about their health and wellbeing www.nhsinform.scot

Diabetes Scotland: Call 0141 212 8710*, Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm or email helpline.scotland@diabetes.org.uk Confidential helpline (charges apply) that can provide information about the condition and take time to talk through and explore emotional, social, psychological or practical difficulties.

Asthma UK: Speak to an asthma expert nurse on their helpline 0300 222 5800 and/or website www.asthma.org.uk

Epilepsy Scotland: provide a free confidential helpline that provides information and emotional support to anyone affected by epilepsy. Call 0808 800 2200, Mon-Fri 9.30am -4.30pm. Website hosts a range of information and resources www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk

British Heart Foundation: website which hosts a section on emotional support and wellbeing www.bhf.org.uk

British Lung Foundation: helpline available 03000 030 555, Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm calls cost as local call. Website www.blf.org.uk also provides a range of information.

Anxiety and Stress Disorders: NHS Living Life provides a free telephone based service for people over the age of 16 feeling low, anxious or stressed. Call 0800 328 9655 lines opened Mon-Fri 1pm -9pm.

Promote Wellbeing and Resilience with People & Communities

Being socially connected and resilient, both as individuals and communities, are now recognised to be powerful influences on mental health and wider wellbeing. This can be achieved through developing social connections, tackling isolation, building resilience, strengthening the use of community assets (including social prescribing), and strengthening self-care and peer support.

There is a wealth of initiatives happening across communities to help social connection and reduce loneliness and isolation. The Glasgow City Thriving Places is an example of how communities are bringing people together with a focus on delivering local services, making the best use of the local community assets, and improving quality of life.

Helpful resources

Healthy Minds Loneliness and Isolation: The Loneliness and Isolation session from our Healthy Minds Resource aims to raise awareness of loneliness and isolation, their impact on mental health and what can be done to help tackle it.

Campaign to End Loneliness in Scotland: provides information and resources to help combat loneliness and isolation.

Promote Wellbeing and Resilience at Work

Workplaces have a key role to play in improving our nation’s health and quality of life. Good quality work represents an important force in promoting positive mental health, while unemployment and poor quality work are toxic influences.

The business case for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of employees is a strong one. The benefits include:

  • Fewer days lost to sickness and absence
  • Staff retention and lower staff turnover
  • Improved productivity
  • Improved team working and staff morale

Healthy Working Lives is for employers in Scotland looking for workplace health, safety, and wellbeing information. This includes information on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of employees, what they can do, and access to resources to help with this.

Promote Positive Attitudes, Challenge Stigma and Discrimination

Despite supportive policy within Scotland, the experience of people with mental health issues in our communities remains poor. Mental health-related stigma and discrimination does not only occur within health and social care, but also within financial inclusion, employability, and education. This is in the context of the social determinants of health and equality issues predominantly amongst those with protected characteristics.

In Scotland, 35% of people have said that they, or someone close to them, have experienced stigma and discrimination due to their mental health. In addition, 1 in 3 young people in every classroom will experience a mental health problem, and 3 in 4 say that they fear the reaction of their friends.

The impact of stigma and discrimination can be wide-ranging, including making someone’s mental health problems worse and stopping them from getting support. Recently, the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of our communities has raised awareness of these issues, and provided momentum for innovative action.

Helpful resources

To find out more about stigma and discrimination, you can access our Healthy Minds awareness-raising resource.

See Me have a range of tools and resources for tackling mental health stigma.

Tackle Underlying Determinants and Promote Equity

Address underlying determinants of good mental health, including financial inclusion, nurturing early years, healthy environments, active citizenship and participation, and ensure focus on promoting wellbeing of diverse communities.