Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £6496
According to the Samh report carried out 2020/2021, "Forgotten? Mental Health Care & Treatment during the Pandemic” COVID has introduced systemic changes and associated challenges in accessing and using services. The pandemic itself, and changes in treatment/care have contributed to feelings of disempowerment and isolation and 60% of respondents in Samh survey indicated that ‘I have felt like I am a burden to the NHS, more so than before the pandemic’. At present CBT has been offered as a solution at CFINE since 2019 where 209 sessional hours have been offered to beneficiaries seeking mental health support via Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This has grown over the last year whereby the plan is to move from a constituted group to SCIO to develop the organisation. Our project aims to expand this offering to meet ever-growing need and employ a Development Worker to support the delivery of CBT and nutritional advice. The role holder will build on established links with GP Link workers, Mental Health Aberdeen, ACC Unpaid Work Service, Timmermarket Clinic, HOPE Project (pre release and post release from HMP & YOI) and agencies with a remit to support adults who have experienced abuse. In addition to this, to develop links with the Allotments and Community Growing projects.