‘Help to Hope’ in Angus

The launch of the new mental health card at Penumbea on Tuesday morning. Pictured are, from left - Suzanne Swinton, Ann Mahoney, Mandy McLernon, Liam Yule, James Kennedy, Sarah Elliot and Lyn Brown.
The launch of the new mental health card at Penumbea on Tuesday morning. Pictured are, from left - Suzanne Swinton, Ann Mahoney, Mandy McLernon, Liam Yule, James Kennedy, Sarah Elliot and Lyn Brown.

A new information card aimed at supporting good mental health was launched at mental health charity Penumbra’s Arbroath premises on Tuesday.

Developed in partnership between Adult Integrated Mental Health Services, service users, Angus Council and Mental Health Voluntary Services, the ‘Help to Hope’ provides information on a wide range of services aimed at supporting positive emotional wellbeing and good mental health.

Developed in partnership between Adult Integrated Mental Health Services, service users, Angus Council and Mental Health Voluntary Services the ‘Help to Hope’ provides information on a wide range of services aimed at supporting positive emotional wellbeing and good mental health.

It includes local information on voluntary organisations that provide services that promote recovery, mental health, wellbeing and support, NHS mental health services across Angus and Angus Council Services for adult and child protection and Out of Hours Social Work.

It is available from mental health services, district nurses, health visitors and at minor injury units.

Also included within the ‘Help to Hope’ are national websites, personal stories of recovery and tips for self help as well as information on suicide prevention.

Service users were closely involved in the design and information contained with the ‘Help to Hope’ which aims to offer up-to-date information on where to turn to in times of crisis but also shares real inspirational stories of hope.

James Kennedy, practice development nurse at the Susan Carnegie Centre, Stracathro, said: “The ‘Help to Hope’ may be small but it is packed with really useful information about mental health services that are delivered locally.

“These include voluntary services which are aimed at promoting good mental health and wellbeing.

“Involving service users early in the development of the ‘Help to Hope’ card was crucial as we wanted to make sure we included the information that they wanted and that they would find the most useful.”

He concluded: “It is important that people know that help is out there and that there is a range of support organisations that can offer help.”

One service user said: “I’ve seen the ‘Help to Hope’ card and I feel that if I had come across this when I was in crisis, it would have made me realise there are people and services to go to get help.”