City council called upon to play their part in mental health care in Dundee

City council called upon to play their part in mental health care in Dundee

A senior politician has said no stone should be left unturned if the city is to address the deepening mental health crisis.

Labour leader on Dundee City Council Kevin Keenan said that the independent inquiry into mental health services in  NHS Tayside published this week, which set out 50 recommendations, raised very concerning issues.

Mr Keenan said: “Everything I have read so far shows that there needs to be some level of spending from Dundee City Council to help achieve the recommendations  laid out by the report.

“I have written to the council’s chief executive David Martin to ask what that level of financial commitment will be.

Mr Keenan added: “I have also asked him to address the issues and have further asked whether there is any opportunity to receive government funding given that the NHS in Tayside has effectively let down individuals and those in need of care.”

Mr Keenan said that the council had a crucial role to play as one of the partners involved in  caring for people with mental health issues in Dundee.

He said: “Through  our council housing services and our social work department we regularly come into contact with people with mental health issues.

David Martin, chief executive of Dundee City Council

“I want to know how we can provide better support, particularity following on the concerns raised by the  independent  inquiry report.

“There is little doubt that there is a link in Dundee between mental health and drug taking issues and the previous Fair Commission held in the city highlighted this and committed to providing appropriate care.

Mr Keenan added: “It also concerns  me that many children in Dundee  suffer as a result of mental health and drug issues.

“We should be looking at how we can best support these children. We have one of the highest number of Looked After Children and many sibling groups would have been split – something which I understand this report has been very critical of.

“I would hope that we could have some level of case review undertaken fairly quickly – if we are getting it wrong for any child then we must address this promptly. ”

A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “The chief executive will respond to Bailie Keenan in due course.”

 

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Sturgeon urged to save failing mental health services at NHS Tayside

Sturgeon urged to save failing mental health services at NHS Tayside

NICOLA STURGEON was pressed to intervene and save failing mental health services at a Scottish health board today after the publication of a damning report earlier this week.

At First Minister’s Questions, the SNP leader was pushed to commit to a swathe of measures at NHS Tayside.

The independent inquiry into mental health services in the region found a culture of “fear and blame,” with more than 50 suggestions made about how to make improvements.

Scotland’s Labour leader Richard Leonard asked Ms Sturgeon whether her government would step in at the health board and put in place “special measures” to ensure implementation of the recommendations.

He said: “NHS Tayside has a history of evading scrutiny, deflecting criticism and resisting change.

“They have repeatedly ignored recommendations from Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Mental Welfare Commission.

“Will you today instruct your Cabinet Secretary to re-escalate NHS Tayside’s mental health services so that your government steps in to drive the transformation of mental health services in Tayside?

“First Minister, will you do the right thing?”

Ms Sturgeon said she offered her apologies to all families who had been let down by the NHS.

She added: “The Scottish government will continue to take the action that is already under way and we will consider all suggestions.

“We will continue to monitor the progress of NHS Tayside through the Tayside Oversight Group, which is a vital part of the picture here.

“As I said, the Mental Health Minister will keep Parliament updated and we have proactively asked David Strang to review this after a year and to provide an update into the progress that has been made.”

‘It wasn’t just a few families making a fuss’: Man behind damning NHS Tayside mental health report warns there will be no quick-fixes

‘It wasn’t just a few families making a fuss’: Man behind damning NHS Tayside mental health report warns there will be no quick-fixes

The man behind a damning review of mental health services in Tayside has warned there will be no quick fixes.

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‘They killed my son’: Mum hits out at NHS Tayside as report lays bare scale of mental health failings

‘They killed my son’: Mum hits out at NHS Tayside as report lays bare scale of mental health failings

Five years to the day since she buried her son, Mandy McLaren warned NHS Tayside her campaign for better mental health treatment was far from over.

The Dundee grandmother was one of the leading voices in securing an independent inquiry into the provision of mental health services in Tayside.

Her son Dale Thompson took his own life after receiving treatment at Carseview. A review into his death later found “systems failures” had been a contributing factor.

Dr David Strang’s long awaited report on the health authority’s performance was finally released yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of Dale’s funeral in February 2015.

Speaking after reading the highly critical 133-page document, Ms McLaren said she could not forgive NHS Tayside for its part in her son’s death.

“I am watching my granddaughter grow up without her dad because of them,” she said.

“I want her to know that we fought for him and he fought for help, but he wasn’t getting it.

“They killed my son. If they had done their jobs, he would still be alive.

“He was looking forward to the future. He went to them for help and they let him down. I blame them and will say that until the day I die.”

Ms McLaren said she was appalled that NHS Tayside had been allowed to run mental health services in an inadequate way for so long.

“Report after report has been done without anything being done,” she said.

“There’s a lot of blame and nobody is standing up and saying the buck stops here.

“I am not saying it’s staff at fault, but it comes down the line.

“In all professions you get some who are good at their job and some who are bad, but in this kind of job it is costing lives and it can’t continue.”

She said she wanted a sign that NHS Tayside would follow through on Dr Strang’s recommendations, after failing to take action in the past.

“They keep saying they will learn from mistakes, but they haven’t implemented what they been told before,” she said.

“Nothing has been done since the interim report was published last year. That’s not reassuring.”

Another campaigner, Phil Welsh said he was heartened by some of the recommendations in Dr Strang’s report and hopeful that other families would be spared the heartache which he had suffered.

Phil’s son Lee took his own life in 2017. He would have turned 30 next week.

Mr Welsh welcomed a suggestion that crisis provision should be available 24 hours a day – a measure which the Not In Vain For Lee campaign has called for.

Mr Welsh said: “The recommendations are really in line with what our campaign wants.

“It’s also good to read there should be more help for university students and young people.

“But it’s really important going forward that we get the support from local and national government.

“The recommendations need to be acted on.”

 

Link to Dundee Courier article here 

Dundee mental health support scheme hailed as national success story

Dundee mental health support scheme hailed as national success story

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Parents of tragic Dundee musician Lee help raise money for mental health charity

Parents of tragic Dundee musician Lee help raise money for mental health charity

MAY 23RD 11.00 – 1PM MAY 23RD 11.00 – 1PM MAY 23RD 11.00 – 1PM MAY 23RD 11.00 – 1PM MAY 23RD 11.00 – 1PM

DUNDEE WEST CHURCH 

 

A Dundee mental health charity is to benefit from funding raised in the year ahead by the parents of Lee Welsh, who took his own life in 2017.

Phil Welsh and Lesley Nicoll said they will continue to raise money in Lee’s name in 2020 and this year the money will go to the Hearing Voices Network.

Phil said: “The Hearing Voices network Dundee (Haven) is a small, service user-led charity which seeks to create acceptance that hearing voices is a valid experience.

“Haven provides support to voice hearers through a variety of projects, self-help groups, activities and supported volunteering.”

He added: “A 24-hour crisis centre in Dundee is our ultimate goal.

“Until then we’re committed to raising awareness and funds to assist with the costs of small local self-funded mental health charities.”

The first event will be a soup and pudding lunch which will be held in May.

 

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‘One-stop-shop’ mental health hub for youngsters opens in Dundee

‘One-stop-shop’ mental health hub for youngsters opens in Dundee

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New safe space for vulnerable youngsters in Dundee

New safe space for vulnerable youngsters in Dundee

Dundee’s youth mental health charity, Feeling Strong, has opened its new community hub in Stobswell.

It aims to deliver a number of services for the young people of the city and the hub is also designed to be a one-stop-shop for those who have mental health challenges.

Among the services available to youngsters are an area to chill out and escape the pressures of day-to-day life, plus the chance to learn about services for more help and referrals to other organisations.

There are also opportunities, depending on the young person’s specific needs, such as counselling, support with employability plus education and access to other mental health activities available in Dundee.


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The hub is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-6pm.

Peer support is also on hand from staff or volunteers and all in a safe space to talk about mental health, recovery and self-care.

The hub’s facilities and events assistant, Nicole Don, said: “It is a safe space for young people to come to chill out, play some games and meet new people.

“It’s important to create a space that feels safe where vulnerable young people can access the support they need.”

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Mental Health services in Dundee are ‘the worst in Scotland’ according to one patient

Mental Health services in Dundee are ‘the worst in Scotland’ according to one patient

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Dundee’s Carseview Centre under fire again over treatment

Dundee’s Carseview Centre under fire again over treatment