Mental health

Mental health

Mental health is the condition of your mind which varies between being good and poor. Good mental health is where a person is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment. Poor mental health is where a person has negative thoughts and perception, their life becomes harder to manage and affects their ability to function within everyday living.

Mental wellbeing is about feeling good and doing (or functioning) well. A small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also helps people to flourish; to feel happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and connection with others.  According to research, there are five things (known as the Five Ways to Wellbeing) that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: 

  • Connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • keep learning
  • give

The Rutland Community Wellbeing Service can provide further advice and signposting: website or via email: info@rutlandrap.or.uk or telephone 01572 725805

Many people experience mental illness in their lives, often as a result of distressing family events and life crises. Depression, anxiety and stress are part of most of our lives at some point - and many of us sometimes need assistance to help deal with these problems. Your first point of contact for such problems should always be your local GP who should be able to refer you to the help you need.

There are many services that you GP can refer you to, some of these include:

Our Adult Services duty desk is also able to offer help and advice to people as to how to get the support they need, and can be contacted on 01572 722 577

Adult Social Services

Rutland County Council Adult Social Services works closely with health colleagues, and provides an integrated specialist mental health service locally with the Leicestershire Partnership Trust.

Locally, health and social care services for people with more serious mental health problems are dealt with by staff based in the Rutland Community Mental Health Team. The team is based at the Voluntary Action Rutland building. Services are provided on a multidisciplinary basis with input from social care staff where relevant and required.  Following assessment a number of different services will be available if needed. These services will range from hospital and medical services through to a range of support services to enable people to remain as independent as possible in the community.

Social Care assessments are completed by an approved Mental Health Social Worker, based within the Community Mental Health Team, as part of the overall assessment by Rutland Community Mental Health Team.  Social Care services required are provided or signposted by the Mental Health Social Worker and a Rutland Mental Health Inclusion Development Worker.  The Mental Health Inclusion Development Worker is based at Rutland County Council offices.  Some of the services provided or signposted to include:

  • Counselling
  • Social Peer Groups
  • Friendships Group
  • Group based activities and courses
  • Help with obtaining recreation, employment, volunteering and education services
  • Respite services
  • Information and Advice
  • Benefits advice
  • Carer support and assessment

The social worker and inclusion development worker work closely with Partnership trust colleagues to ensure a full statutory assessment services is available when required for the people of Rutland.

The Rutland Mental Health Forum

The Rutland Mental Health Forum is a meeting held every 2 months and provides an opportunity for the people of Rutland to meet with Mental Health professionals and learn about services and developments for people suffering from or interested in mental health illnesses.  If you would like to attend the Rutland Mental Health Forum or would like to raise a concern or submit a question that you would like to be answered then please contact Healthwatch Rutland (Tel. 01572 720381 / Email: info@healthwatchrutland.co.uk)

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