Glasgow South’s two Primary Care Mental Health Teams have merged to create a single service.
Wellbeing Services South Glasgow is the new name of Pathways and STEPS, and provides a range of services for anyone living in the south-side aged 18+ who is experiencing common mental health problems.
These are usually less severe (or mild to moderate) mental health illnesses such as stress, anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders.
Apart from a new name, Wellbeing Services has a brand new look and a great new website: www.wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk They’ve also relocated to offices in Florence Street, Glasgow.
Fiona Murray, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Wellbeing Services, said: “When Pathways and STEPS merged, we took it as an opportunity to see where we could develop services further. Both teams had been successfully helping people across the south-side for a number of years and when we came together it was a chance to look at how we could better do the things we do.”
Under the slogan ‘A Better You for a Brighter Tomorrow’, Fiona and her colleagues offer a range of help to people suffering mild to moderate mental health problems including:
• Information and signposting (telling you where you can get more information and help)
• their website which features a range of self-help materials such as tip cards, booklets, video clips and audio downloads which can help you understand your condition better and give you coping strategies
• one-day workshops and classes on depression, stress, panic attacks, low self-esteem, anger and irritability management, sleep problems
• groups to help you learn more about the problems you are experiencing such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger and irritability, and sleep (plus you can book on to some of these groups online)
• brief one-to-one talking therapies are also available
Fiona said: “Mild to moderate mental health illness is more common than you think. At least one out of every four people in Scotland will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.
“If you are experiencing difficulties...whether that’s with depression, anxiety, anger or sleep...we can help. Please don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed or that you are wasting our time. You definitely are not. Give us a call and let us help. We have a range of services on offer that can get you back on track and feeling like your old self again.”
Don’t just take our word on it, here’s what some of the people who have used their services have said:
"I was treated as though you were the most important person on the planet."
"My therapist has been fantastic. Our sessions have helped a great deal. I have benefitted a great deal."
"My therapist was very understanding and non-judgemental."
"I needed to deal with specific issues and the service I received absolutely focused on these issues."
"Still need to work on things myself but I feel this has given me a great headstart, tools and motivation."
You can contact Wellbeing Services at:
Wellbeing Services South Glasgow, 60 Florence Street, Glasgow G5 0YX.
Telephone: 0141 232 2555 (available week days from 8.30am to 4.30pm).
Email: [email protected]
If you need urgent help contact:
• Your own GP surgery
• After 9pm and at weekends you can call the out-of-hours crisis service on 0845 650 1730
• NHS 24 – 111
• Samaritans (24 hours) – 08457 909090
• Breathing Space – 0800 838587
Information on other services can be found at: www.glasgowhelp.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
Some tips to manage depression:
• start a routine – do your best to go to bed and get up at a reasonable time, eat three meals a day, have a daily shower, go out at least once a day.
• Don’t avoid things – start writing down some small goals and tick them off your list as you go.
• Think of what makes your mood better and worse – do more things that make you feel better.
• Learn to challenge the way you speak to yourself – ask yourself ‘is there another way I can look at this?’
Some tips to manage anxiety:
• Identify what your anxiety is and what triggers it – keep a diary of situations, symptoms and thoughts that make you feel anxious.
• Face your fears – try to visualise in detail facing your fear and getting through it then gradually and repeatedly practise doing something that you fear doing.
• Challenge your negative thoughts - ask yourself ‘is there another way I can look at this?’
• Positive self talk – remind yourself of times when you’ve gone through this before and got through it; tell yourself ‘I can cope’ and ‘breathe, stay calm’.
• Relax – regularly practise relaxation skills (see the website for more details).
Some tips to manage your temper:
• Know yourself – be aware of the situations in which you become angry.
• Take time out – if you are finding yourself becoming angry, take yourself out of the situation...go for a walk or do something you enjoy to calm down and relax.
• Learn to be assertive rather than aggressive – be clear, calm and to the point; treat people with the same courtesy you would expect from them.
• Listen to others – try to understand the other person’s point of view.
• Keep body language assertive – stay alert and relaxed whilst keeping eye contact.
• Keep breathing – slowing down your breathing will help you to stay calm.
Some tips on getting a good night’s sleep
• Stop trying – the harder we try to sleep, the less likely we are to sleep.
• Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine – these badly affect your sleep.
• Take regular exercise – the fitter we are the better we sleep.
• ‘Put the day to rest’ – earlier in the evening make a to-do list and deal with any problems or worries you might have.
• Relax – for at least 90 minutes (an hour-and-a-half) before bedtime relax (listen to music, read a book, do a word puzzle etc) and no work, worries or exercise.
• Practise a relaxation exercise – when you get into bed imagine you are in a nice relaxing place such as a quiet, sunny beach or somewhere where you feel happy and safe.
• Get into a regular routine – go to bed and get up at the same time every morning and don’t spend more than eight hours in bed.
Wellbeing Services South Glasgow,
60 Florence Street,
Telephone (open 8.30am to 4.30pm): 0141 232 2555
Email: [email protected]