About the Service
In Academy Medical Centre we have added a Mental Health and Wellbeing Nurse Service to the range of other services already being offered.
A Mental Health and Wellbeing Nurse (MHWN) is a senior experienced mental health nurse who provides a timely intervention to immediately presenting issues.
What to our MHWNs do?
Our MHWNs will:
- Respond to distress, undertake assessments and formulate outcomes
- Signpost to self-help including GPs, social prescribing, Long Term Conditions Group, Penumbra, Beating the Blues, and Insight Counselling
- Refer to specialist services including Angus Adult Psychological Therapies Service, Angus Integrated Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service, Forfar/Kirriemuir Community Mental Health team or other statutory services.
- The nurse does not deliver any ongoing interventions herself but can offer one follow-up appointment if the patient needs time to consider the options available.
- Patients will be equipped with information to make ongoing referrals themselves.
The MHWN Service is based full-time in the practice and is shared between Angela Gorman and Jan Parsons, who are both experienced Community Mental Health Nurses.
Who can they see?
They are able to see patients over 16 years of age presenting with mental health and wellbeing issues (who are not currently involved with other mental health services).
When patients contact the practice and provide details relating to a mental health issue they may be signposted to the MHWN Service who will call them back and either make arrangements for them to be seen or to provide a telephone consultation.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self harm, you should always contact the practice or NHS 24 on 111 if we are closed.
Here are some additional guides and resources you may find useful:
- Healthy Minds from NHS Tayside, including access to telephone and internet based therapies, self-help, and information for those who feel in crisis
- Self-help leaflets from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
- HandsOn (aimed at parents, carers and people who work with children and young people in Fife, rather than Angus, but with lots of information) provides help and practical advice for supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing
Angus Suicide Prevention and Support Service
The Angus Suicide Prevention and Support Service is provided by Penumbra and is available to all adults living in Angus who experience thoughts of suicide or who may have attempted suicide.
Support is also available for family members, carers or friends of adults experiencing suicidal thoughts. The service is designed to offer assessment of individual need, provide support and interventions that promote safety, wellbeing and recovery.
Information, guidance and signposting regarding suicide prevention will also be provided.
To access support please contact free phone 0800 135 7899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a Monday to Friday 9-5 service.
You can read more about the service on the Penumbra website.