Well Connected Communities is a new project initiated by Suppot in Mind Scotland attempting to identify harder-to-reach groups in rural areas navigating mental health challenges. These harder-to-reach gruops include; workless households, lone parent households, homeless people, and people experiencing other forms of disadvantage or inequality (for example, people with disabilities, those with alcohol/drug dependence, those with prior convictions, looked after children, BME communities and other communities of interest).
The project is focusing on 5 LEADER areas: Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Outer Hebrides, West Lothian and Argyll and the Islands to discover and be informed by what is happening locally.
The purpose is to better understand how to support these groups by determining what resources are already in place, what other supports may be needed and how to approach any gaps from a community development perspective. We are also looking to explore and learn what “supportive community” means to these groups as well as to identify what low-level, non-clinical supports/early intervention might look like.
They have developed a survey as one means of discovering the thoughts and opinion of those with lived experience of mental health challenges in rural areas and those who support them. Let your voice be heard by filling out the survey and please distribute to any colleagues, contacts, those you support and any others you think might have something to add to the conversation; the more perspectives and voices we hear from the better informed the findings will be.
Support In Mind is also looking to organise some focus/discussion groups between mid-February thru to mid-March, if your organisation or group would be willing to participate in one please let Crystal Hill know. She can be reached at CHill@supportinmindscotland.org.uk