Men­tal health pi­lot project to be launched in La­nark­shire

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A na­tional men­tal health project that seeks to de­liver an‘ask once, get help fast’ser­vice for peo­ple in dis­tress is to be pi­loted in La­nark­shire.

Known as Dis­tress Brief In­ter­ven­tion (DBI), staff across a wide range of agen­cies will be trained to help peo­ple man­age dif­fi­cult emo­tions and prob­lem sit­u­a­tions at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble stage.

They will then be sup­ported to over­come their im­me­di­ate chal­lenges and de­velop ways to look af­ter their well-be­ing, pre­vent­ing fu­ture dis­tress.

Last week, the min­is­ter for men­tal health, Maureen Watt, an­nounced that South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship (SLH&SCP) and Health and So­cial Care North La­nark­shire (H&SCNL) have been se­lected to host the na­tional DPI team.

Harry Steven­son, chief of­fi­cer of SLH&SCP, said: “This ini­tia­tive will help en­sure there is no wrong door for those in dis­tress, whether they ap­proach so­cial work, health or part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the po­lice or am­bu­lance ser­vice.

“The DBI will build on the well-es­tab­lished spirit of joined-up, co­or­di­nated work­ing, plac­ing the per­son at the cen­tre of ev­ery­thing we do.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide £4.2m to de­velop and test the ef­fec­tive­ness of the DBI over a four-year pe­riod to March 2021.

Maureen Watt said: “The Dis­tress Brief In­ter­ven­tion is all about equip­ping peo­ple with the skills and sup­port to man­age their own health and to pre­vent fu­ture cri­sis.

“Early in­ter­ven­tion like this is such an im­por­tant part of how we treat men­tal health.”

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