West Lothian set for mental health co-ordinator
West Lothian’s Social Enterprise Network is set to launch its pioneering mental health service with the appointment of a co-ordinator this month.
The new role will be key to managing the complementary services provided by the Third Sector and to signposting people seeking help to the best provider.
The demand for emotional help became very evident during the lockdown as the pandemic took hold and volunteer services found themselves with ever growing numbers of people seeking help for themselves or family members in distress.
Interviews are taking place this week and next and the new service hopes to be up and running by the end of the year.
West Lothian Social enterprise Network (WLSEN) won an award of £42,000 earlier this year. The brief behind the award from the West Lothian Health and Social care Partnership was to provide “a high-quality, responsive service across the local authority. Acting as a clear referral pathway to, and from, the HSCP and improving links between the community and 3rd sector, it will effectively deliver early intervention and prevention services”.
Network manager Linda White said: “We are making good progress in shaping the HSCP funded project to deliver from the third sector early intervention and prevention services to adults in West Lothian experiencing low to medium mental health challenges.
“Sixteen organisations have come forward from the Mental Health Forum to help shape and deploy this pilot project. We are also drawing down support and expertise from Wellbeing Scotland and SENScot. Community Enterprise Ltd is providing specialist advice in relation to the project’s digital space.”
The Mental Health Co-ordinator will manage the referral service on behalf of WLSEN and partners.
Linda added: “Time lines are incredibly tight but we hope to deliver a soft launch before the end of the year.”
The Third Sector service aims to complement mental health services provided by the NHS offering a signpost to the help available through voluntary sector and through formalised NHS provision. To allow individuals and groups to access the most suitable mental health services at all levels.