Christmas and New Year Holiday 2018

If anyone requires mental health support at the weekend or during the bank holidays on the 25/26 December and the 01/02 January then we would ask that they call NHS24 on 111 where they will be directed to the appropriate person for their needs.  If an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis and requires immediate help during this period then we would ask them to attend A&E at Lorn & Islands Hospital or if it is immediately life threatening to call 999.  Outwith the weekend and the bank holidays there will be cover locally by Community Psychiatric Nurses for those individuals in crisis and who are already in the system.  There are also a range of organisations that provide confidential services for people experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety such as Breathing Space who can be contacted on 0800 838587 (www.breathingspace.scot) and the Samaritans who can be contacted on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org)

The review of Autism and Learning Disability in the Mental Health Act is now taking place, there is an opportunity for people with lived experience, carers and professionals to contribute to this process.

 Please see the following information below if you would like to participate or you know of service users or carers who may wish get involved.

 About the review – easy read information

Learning from Loss: Families and Carers Survey (September 2018)

 

The Scottish Government is carrying out a review of the arrangements currently in place for investigating the deaths of people being treated for mental illness, personality disorder or learning disability and they want to hear from people who have experience of these investigations.

It is very important for relatives to speak about their experience. This will help to ensure that families in the future who find themselves in this distressing situation receive support to find answers to their questions they might have about the circumstances surrounding a loved-one’s death.

The review was supported by Dr Richard Simpson MSP in 2015 when he noted that:

“One of the big issues is that people with mental illness, particularly severe and enduring mental illness, die much younger. Therefore, it is important to understand their deaths, even if they are apparently from natural causes and a physical condition. There is a need to ensure that … [health] boards will in the future take such action as is required to improve prevention of suicide or other deaths that may— I stress “may”—be preventable. Families want to know that any lessons that can be learned are learned. I do not believe that that happens at present.”

For this review, the Government would like to know about investigations that took place where someone died in Scotland when they were:

  • Detained in hospital under mental health laws
  • Detained in hospital after criminal court proceedings
  • In hospital on a voluntary basis for treatment for mental illness, personality disorder or learning disability
  • Living in the community and required by mental health laws to have treatment for their illness/condition

Until September 24th people can express their views by an online survey:  https://consult.gov.scot/mental-health-law/investigation-of-deaths-survey-for-families-carers.

After this date, and also for anyone who would find it easier to talk to someone face to face, please get in touch with Graham Morgan at the Mental Welfare Commission and he will help you or find another carer’s support organisation, such as Support in Mind to help you complete the questionnaire.

Please contact Graham Morgan at Graham.morgan@nhs.net or phone the Mental Welfare Commission on 0800 389 6809.We can then make arrangements to gather your views in whatever way would suit you best, eg in writing, over the telephone, or in a face-to-face meeting.

Your views will influence the Official Review if received by the end of October 2018.

Going Beyond Harm

Learning report from 2017-18 events

Please click on the link to view the report.

20180704 Carers Trust SPSP-MH Going Beyond Harm combined report v1

ACUMEN report for Argyll and Bute Community Mental Health Review

Please click on the link to view the report.

ACUMEN Argyll and Bute Report

Following on from the Well Connected Cowal Event held in Dunoon on the 21st April 2018 please see the attachment for the report and findings

Well Connected Cowal Final