Rural Outreach

The Rural Outreach Service is a mobile community-based service for people living in Stirlingshire’s rural and remote areas who may otherwise find it difficult to access mental health services. 

How to refer

Anyone aged 18 and over experiencing mental health difficulties can be referred to Action in Mind by health and social care professionals from NHS Forth Valley and Stirling Council.

Living in rural and remote areas can be challenging for most people, but for people experiencing mental health difficulties there is increased risk of vulnerability and social isolation. For some people their mental health may need short term support, whereas for others it is long term and intermittent support during episodic periods of mental ill-health to prevent admission to hospital.

Service users are supported with independent living, whether as homeowners, private or social tenants, as their mental health may make it difficult for them to manage day-to-day tasks. This can lead to a worsening of their mental health condition, added to which is the risk of physical neglect and mismanagement of money, which can result in increased debt and defaulting on rent or mortgage payments, council tax or utility charges, for example.

The Rural Outreach Service operates Monday to Wednesday, 9.30am - 5.00pm and is managed by the Rural Outreach Worker, who is herself a qualified mental health nurse.  The worker also provides carer support.  We are locality-based in Callander, Balfron and Killin GP Surgery.

The role of the Rural Access Worker is to support clients in the self-management of their mental health and to help them access appropriate information and advice services as well as local community activities.

Service users are encouraged to participate in skills development courses and in the SURF (Service User Reference Forum) run by Action in Mind.  

What Clients say about the Rural Access Service

“I have felt very fortunate to have such constant encouragement and support.”

“I have definitely benefitted from this service without doubt. I have received support which has helped me get through some difficult times.”

“The service has been a positive experience. I have found the support has been a life line that has helped me feel a little more normal.”

Action in Mind needs your support to make the places where you learn and study or the local communities and neighbourhoods where you live to become better informed about and understanding of mental health.  Together, we can make a real and positive difference to people’s lives by bringing an end to mental health stigma and discrimination by creating a pathway of positive mental wellbeing for everyone.

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