HSCP launches mental health Facebook page

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Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has launched a mental health Facebook page, @mentalhealthargyllandbute.

The aim of the page is to share health and well-being information, tips and advice and signpost users to digital resources.

Recent statistics highlight that about one in four people in Scotland will experience a mental health problem each year which means more than 20,000 people in Argyll and Bute could be affected.

Whether you are living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, accessing information, educational resources about mental health conditions/issues, symptoms, treatments, self-management and services is vital.

Nicola Gillespie, the HSCP’s local area manager for mental health, said: ‘I am really pleased that the Health and Social Care Partnership is expanding its use of social media such as Facebook.

‘This is an excellent platform to reach more people in our rural communities and will also be helpful to share awareness of mental health problems.

‘The mental health Facebook page is overseen by HSCP staff and only provides health and well-being information that is trusted and readily available on the NHS inform website and national mental health organisations and partners.

‘This means that people accessing the service can be assured of the accuracy of the information they view.

‘It is important to highlight that the Facebook page is not an alternative for people seeking professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment on any personal or family mental health situations.

‘People should always seek the advice of their own GP, psychiatrist or other qualified health and social care professionals with any questions they may have regarding a mental health or other medical condition.

‘I am really looking forward to developing this Facebook page further and would encourage people in Argyll and Bute who are experiencing mental health problems to have a look at it for themselves.’