Recovery, being part of the community and overcoming stigma

  • 90% of people who are in touch with a Mental Health Forum are in touch with an activity that helps keep them well.
  • People who have a recovery plan are often more likely to be doing activities such as volunteering and getting involved in community groups.
  • Over half the people had a physical health problem as well as their mental health problem.
  • Almost 90% of people had felt stigmatised or discriminated against.
  • Stigma and discrimination comes from staff who work in services and from people’s families as well as from the public.

“I help run a football group for people affected by mental health or disability.”

“Just starting to find my feet again – starting volunteer work next week.”

These are some of the findings in a survey carried out by West Dunbartonshire Mental Health Forum.  The report from the survey of Forum members who use mental health services was launched at the Forum’s AGM.

The Forum and the West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership will be taking up these and other points raised in the survey.

This survey was based on an earlier one which had been led by one of the Resource Centres in West Dunbartonshire.   There are plans to carry out more surveys over the coming year, as these are giving people in West Dunbartonshire a good indication of the impact of developments such as recovery plans and other initiatives which tackle gaps identified by people who use mental health services, carers or staff.

You can read the full report at: www.otbds.org/wdmhf

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