Helensburgh Advertiser

Councillor Shonny Paterson

‘MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT IS INVALUABLE’

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MY column this week focuses on those of us who have had, or are having, problems with their mental health.

I have made a return to my council role earlier this month after having to take time off due to life’s events becoming overwhelmi­ng,

I will not go into details about what these events were; it just suffices to say that it accumulate­d and resulted in my in having to take a step back.

I was in the fortunate position of having a supportive family, friends, colleagues, my GP practice, council colleagues and national park officers. Without their help I do not think I would be writing this today.

I thank you all for the support and help you have given me over the last few months and continue to give me now.

I would urge anyone who is feeling overwhelme­d with the stresses that life can throw at us to talk with a trusted friend, GP or to the profession­al services that are out there, which I have highlighte­d below.

Within Argyll and Bute Council’s social work department, the mental health team offer assessment and care management for people experienci­ng mental health difficulti­es.

This includes undertakin­g a “personal outcomes plan” which identifies the specific needs of individual­s who are experienci­ng severe or enduring mental health illness and this is done in partnershi­p with health colleagues.

We support people who have or think they may have mental health problems, such as depression, phobias, anxiety disorders or schizophre­nia.

• Phone (for all areas): 01546 605517

• Helensburg­h: Victoria Integrated Care Unit, Jeanie Deans Centre, 93 East King Street, Helensburg­h, G84 7BU.

• Bute: Union Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0HD.

• Dunoon: Cowal Community Mental Health Team, Cowal Community Hospital, 360 Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7RL.

• Campbeltow­n: Community Mental Health Team, Ionad nan Eilean, Campbeltow­n Hospital, Campbeltow­n Islay Service Point, Jamieson Street, Bowmore, Isle of Islay, PA43 7HL.

• Mid Argyll: The Caladh Centre, Aros, Lochgilphe­ad, PA31 8LD.

• Oban, Lorn and the Isles: Willowview Community Care Centre, Lower Soroba, Oban, PA34 4SB.

Nationally , you can also contact the Samaritans for help. Their service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone 116 123 or text ‘shout’ to 85258.

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