Rural Outreach during COVID-19
The service continues to operate during Covid-19, providing direct support to service users while following all current government guidelines.
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.
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.
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 role of the Rural Outreach 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. The worker also provides carer support. We are locality-based in Callander, Balfron and Killin GP Surgery.
Feedback from Service Users:
“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.”