Mental Health in Adults

If you have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, or are supporting someone who has, you might be looking for more information. The following links will give you detailed information about various mental health issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar and emotionally unstable personality disorders:

Future Pathways supports in care abuse survivors. They help adults who were victims of historical abuse in a care setting in Scotland as children. Their aim is to help them lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

Action in Mind is signed up as a support provider for Future Pathways, and is able to offer local support and counselling to people who had a negative experience in care as children. If you feel that you would qualify for support, contact Future Pathways and speak to someone in confidence about the kind of help and support that you feel would benefit you. Either via their website or by telephone on 0808 164 2005.

Brothers in Arms Scotland aim to tackle the exceptionally high rate of suicide in men, and to normalise speaking about and seeking mental health support. They are here for men in Scotland of any age, feeling down, stressed or anxious, to find support when they need it, without fear of failure.

Action in Mind's Services

People with mental health issues can feel lonely and isolated, and may feel that they are the only one experiencing the kind of feelings they have. It is important to feel connected to other people. Action in Mind services can help with that. 

As partners to Stirling’s Integrated Mental Health Service, four of our services form the mental health provision of Stirling’s Integrated Mental Health Service and are provided for people 16 years and above, living in the Stirling Council area, who are experiencing or recovering from mental ill health & related problems: 

Adult Befriending - one-to-one befriending support provided by trained volunteers. This service is specifically for people who are socially isolated due to their mental illness, live in their own accommodation, and who are over 18 years of age.

Counselling – person-centred counselling for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress.

The Hub Centre – focuses on peer support and group activities such as health & well-being, social activities, developing new skills, mental health self-management, etc.

Rural Outreach – supports people living in the rural areas of Stirling who are experiencing or recovering from mental ill-health. The service aims to assist people to live a fulfilling life within their own community and endeavours to provide a service tailored to each person's needs.

They can be accessed via one of the following routes: -

  • GP Referral - submitted electronically via NHS SCI Gateway
  • Internal Referral - via Integrated Mental Health Service
    • Psychiatric Provision - Livilands Resource Centre
    • Mental Health Provision - AiM's Adult Services
  • External Referral - Third Sector Providers and a wide range of agencies who are actively working with the person in a professional capacity e.g. Primary Care Psychology, all other Health Professionals, Social Care Workers, etc.
  • Self-referral - Clients who do not receive support from any of the above services will be considered by AiM but we will always seek a formal referral from a GP or other professional actively involved in their care. 

Our Home Support Service provides floating housing support, funded through self-directed support, for people experiencing severe and enduring symptoms of mental health and who may require intensive support over short periods or support in self-management over long periods. Regulated by the Care Inspectorate, the service achieved Grades 6 - Excellent re Quality of Care and Support and 5 - Very Good re Quality of Staffing at its last unannounced inspection in February 2017. The service can only be accessed via direct contact with Stirling Council Social Care Services.  

Adult Support and Protection 

From Forth Valley Adult Support and Protection Multi Agency Guidance 2018.

Most adults, who might be considered to be at risk of harm, live their lives without experiencing harm. However, some people will experience harm, such as physical or psychological harm or exploitation of their finances and not be able to manage this without help. The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 was introduced to ensure that adults who experience harm or are at risk of harm and who need assistance to stay safe, will be offered support and protection.

All services and organisations have a responsibility to ensure that any vulnerable adult is supported and protected. The person may be vulnerable as a result of disabilities or mental health issues. If someone who works with Action in Mind is concerned about your safety, it may mean that they will have to break confidentiality and report the risk to a manager or member of the Board. This person may then contact your GP, Social Services or the Police to make sure that you are kept safe. The support worker will try to make sure you are told what will happen and that you understand that they have a duty or care towards you to make sure that you are protected from harm.