Long term conditions are defined as health conditions that last a year or longer, impact on a person’s life, and may require ongoing care and support. People with long term mental health problems have significantly poorer health outcomes with an up to 20 year gap in life expectancy; similarly people with other long term conditions are at higher risk of mental health difficulties.
It is important to promote holistic health for people with long term conditions – “healthy body, healthy mind”, promote recovery approaches and social inclusion; it is also important to include a focus on carers’ wellbeing as part of this agenda.
The Long Term Conditions session from our Healthy Minds Resource can help raise awareness of the impact that long term conditions can have on mental health and explores strategies to help manage this.
NHS Inform: provides information on a range of illnesses and conditions and helps people make informed choices about their health and wellbeing www.nhsinform.scot
Diabetes Scotland: Call 0141 212 8710*, Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm or email [email protected] Confidential helpline (charges apply) that can provide information about the condition and take time to talk through and explore emotional, social, psychological or practical difficulties.
Asthma UK: Speak to an asthma expert nurse on their helpline 0300 222 5800 and/or website www.asthma.org.uk
Epilepsy Scotland: provide a free confidential helpline that provides information and emotional support to anyone affected by epilepsy. Call 0808 800 2200, Mon-Fri 9.30am -4.30pm. Website hosts a range of information and resources www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk
British Heart Foundation: website which hosts a section on emotional support and wellbeing www.bhf.org.uk
British Lung Foundation: helpline available 03000 030 555, Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm calls cost as local call. Website www.blf.org.uk also provides a range of information.
Anxiety and Stress Disorders: NHS Living Life provides a free telephone based service for people over the age of 16 feeling low, anxious or stressed. Call 0800 328 9655 lines opened Mon-Fri 1pm -9pm.