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NEW MENTAL HEALTH PROJECTS GET THE GREEN LIGHT!

September 29, 2006 8:30 AM

Three new mental health projects for the Glasgow area have been given the go-ahead and are all expected to be up and running by spring 2007.

ESTEEM is the first dedicated multi-disciplinary service to be piloted in Scotland for young people aged 16-35 years with first episode psychosis. This innovative community based service was developed by Health and Social Work in consultation with Voluntary Sector agencies and aims to deliver evidence based interventions to maximise recovery in young people with a psychotic illness.

The service aims to address the needs of the young person affected and their family, and offers support for up to three years.

Two consultants have already been appointed and nursing staff are currently being recruited.

The second key development is the creation of a brand new dedicated service for adults with eating disorders which will be operational by early 2007.

Individual and group therapy will be available through a day service and staff will be able to refer patients onto secondary inpatient services if necessary.

Last, but by no means least, is the development of  a new crisis service to provide intensive home based treatment and therapy 24 hours per day.

This new service will offer an alternative to hospital admission wherever possible with locally based teams in each Community Health and Care Partnership area.

It is intended that this new service will be fully operational by sping 2007.

Anne Hawkins, Interim Director for Mental Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is delighted these three new projects have been given the green light.

She added:  "These are three significant mental health projects which will enhance the current services available in Glasgow.

"The three projects will then be rolled-out across Greater Glasgow and Clyde in the next couple of years ensuring we are providing a comprehensive service for patients with a range of mental health problems."

For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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