Health board identifies mental health as a key priority
23rd November 2015
NHS Highland is undertaking a wide-ranging review to determine unmet mental health needs across the area.
The project involves gathering information on existing mental health services; identifying the prevalence of common mental health problems and mapping service provision according to population need. Dr Jenny Wares, public health registrar with NHS Highland, who is working on the project, explained:
“Supporting mental health and well-being is one of Scotland’s major public health challenges and providing high-quality and accessible services is a key priority for NHS Highland.”
The project focuses on adults aged 18 to 75, and will include a questionnaire which was drawn up in consultation with HUG (Action for Mental Health), an advocacy group which represents the interests of users of mental health services across the Highlands. Dr Wares added:
“A key part of the project is engagement with people with mental health problems so that we can assess how they view service provision and better understand whatever problems they may have in accessing services.”
The data collected throughout the project will be analysed to give breakdowns for the various age groups and to provide comparisons with other health boards and with Scotland as a whole.
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