Health group helps Liam get back on track

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

ANDREA LAMBROU

A West­wood man has had his life turned around thanks to the sup­port of the com­mu­nity men­tal health team (CMHT) at East Kil­bride’s Hunter Health Cen­tre.

Since 2010, the West­wood man has been sup­ported by a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team for those with com­plex men­tal health needs.

That has seen him given ac­cess to a com­mu­nity psy­chi­atric nurse, spe­cial­ist oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and clin­i­cal sup­port worker in part­ner­ship with so­cial work ser­vices – all of which has helped the 50-year-old get back on track.

Liam, 50, told the News: “The sup­port I’ve had has been fan­tas­tic. Ev­ery­one has been so nice – they have went above and be­yond.

“They’re al­ways there if I need them – I wouldn’t be where I am to­day with­out them”.

Through the sup­port pro­vided by clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr De­bra O’Neill and the CMHT, Liam has been sup­ported and en­cour­aged to be­come a com­mu­nity cham­pion for See Me – Scot­land’s pro­gramme to end men­tal health stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion – and reg­u­larly holds events to raise aware­ness of the stigma around men­tal health is­sues in the work­place and across the com­mu­nity.

Through this role, Liam has also be­come a me­dia vol­un­teer for the See Me ‘Time to Talk’ ini­tia­tive, ap­pear­ing in na­tional press and on ra­dio.

Through his ex­pe­ri­ence, Liam now plans to set up a choir in­volv­ing com­mu­nity men­tal health staff and See Me vol­un­teers which will tour across Scot­land.

And he is now part of a pi­lot project launched by NHS Ed­u­ca­tion for Scot­land (NES) which will see him pro­vide ‘Psy­choso­cial In­ter­ven­tions for Psy­chosis’ train­ing across La­nark­shire for men­tal health staff who have a key­worker role and work with peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­ence of psy­chosis.

Dr O’Neill said: “Liam has been an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant through the sup­port of­fered by the team.

“He has used this pos­i­tively and, with the psy­choso­cial in­ter­ven­tions train­ing, he is now pro­vid­ing train­ing to men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als across NHS La­nark­shire to help them bet­ter un­der­stand the is­sues around men­tal ill-health.”

For more on the See Me pro­gramme, visit: www. seemescot­land.org

Men­tal health team Dorothy Car­bray, Lynn Hammond, Frank O’Don­nell, Dr De­bra O’Neill and Liam, cen­tre

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