New digital mental health gateway launched


The numbers of people contacting NHS24's dedicated mental health line, Breathing Space, has more than doubled over the last decade from 38,000 in 2006 to 87,000 in 2016.

The funding comes on top of the existing £1,125,000 allocated to NHS 24 for mental health.

NHS24 will use the development funding of £500,000 to improve the services it offers to people experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety, supporting those who need unscheduled care but do not require to contact emergency services.

This would include access to guided self-help and therapy over the telephone, she said.

"Lack of awareness about mental health issues has hindered people from seeking help from a specialist".

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"So the opportunity across all our services - including our 111 service - is that ability to have that conversation in what can feel a very safe way because you're not exposing yourself in that face-to face perspective".

United Kingdom research found that treating insomnia with online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could in turn help treat mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia.

Furthermore the survey, by the Mental Health Foundation for World Mental Health Day, found 11 per cent have been victims of abuse at work as a direct result of a mental health issue.

In addition, AU$52.6 million is being provided to beyondblue, which will partner with headspace and Early Childhood Australia to provide tools for teachers to support kids with mental health concerns and provide resources to help students deal with challenges. beyondblue provides information and support to help people achieve their best possible mental health.

Scottish Labour inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon said Scotland's mental health services were failing to cope with demand.

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By company, Lloyds Banking Group mentioned mental health 13 times in its annual report, followed by Royal Mail which used it ten times, while British Airways' owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) was among the firms that didn't mention either word.

"What is it doing to tackle growing waiting lists?"

And according to a separate study, employees feel clear communication that mental health issues are a valid reason for sick leave would make for a more inclusive workplace.

"The mental health minister, Maureen Watt, must make an urgent statement to the Scottish Parliament after recess about the action she has taken to investigate this and put things right".

The funding will be following the new WA Workplace Mental Health Standards that have been made by the Mental Health Commission as part of the achievement of the Suicide Prevention 2020 Strategy.

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