The NHS Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership saw a need to address mental health issues in West Lothian by working with charities and social enterprises. They published a Mental Health strategic commissioning plan containing the following actions:
‘Develop a strategy for growing Third Sector involvement in community mental health drawing on learning from community wellbeing hubs. Work alongside identified organisations to maximise the funding opportunities available to the Third Sector to develop range of community supports’
The West Lothian Well-Being service works with charities and social enterprises in West Lothian to support mental health and wellbeing by helping people before they need to see a GP or go to hospital. The service is managed by West Lothian Social Enterprise Network.
This is a person-centred service that works with people and discusses their unique needs while treating them with dignity and respect. We want individuals to feel comfortable discussing support needs. Once we know what people need we check our local partners’ services to connect people to personalised support.
We get people the support they need as quickly as possible. Someone experiencing wellbeing issues may not be in the best place mentally and searching on their own for help can take a long time.
The service is open to those aged 18 and over living in West Lothian. Once someone has completed the short form, they can choose to be contacted either by phone or email at the time of their choosing.
Support can be requested at wlsen.typeform.com/wellbeing