Penumbra, one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities, published its Annual Report for the Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre, which has just completed its second year of operation.
The Centre is based in Elgin and offers walk-in support to people worried about their mental health and looking for help, guidance, signposting or access to one to one support.
The report shows that the Centre, which is funded by Moray Health and Social Care Partnership, has supported over 1500 people each year.
Pamela Cremin, Integrated Service Manager for Mental Health Services in Moray Health and Social Care Partnership is delighted to receive the report and said:
“Everyone has mental health and it is positive to have a service, in the town centre, where people can walk in or phone and get help and access support across Moray when they need it”.
The service includes 1st Response Crisis Support (an immediate short-term focused intervention) that helps with finding ways to minimise mental distress, and it also offers the opportunity to join wellbeing workshops that cover subjects as diverse as sleeping well to coping with anxiety and self-harm.
Recovery Practitioner, Laura Senkiw, said:
“People come to us with a wide spectrum of issues and concerns. At the heart of our approach is careful listening and then we use our knowledge, experience and skills to help them find the most appropriate way forward”.
A key area of concern has been to engage more men in Moray in conversations about their mental health. The Centre is driving #MENtionIt Moray, a new and growing initiative aimed at encouraging more men to access mental health support.
Penumbra has developed I.ROC, a tool to help identify the wellbeing outcomes that a person wants or needs to focus on as part of their mental health recovery. Aggregated results from I.ROC from the Wellness Centre show that people face the most challenges with Social Network, Mental Health and Valuing Themselves, and so the Centre has focused interventions on those areas so that it will make the most difference. So far, this has evidenced the importance of re-connecting people with resources within their communities and enabling them to pursue activities that are meaningful to them and their recovery.
Penumbra Area Manager Suzanne Stokes said:
“We are delighted that our service has been able to support so many people in the Moray area. We will continue to work to respond to people in distress and ensure that we provide a service that people feel they can come to for information and support”.