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Mental health and wellbeing conditions and pathways in West Lothian  

Navigating the complexities of finding the right support can be challenging. These pathways of support in West Lothian will direct individuals to the appropriate resources for their circumstances.

Self-help and support

For anyone with a need for support, as opposed to a healthcare intervention, the first point of contact should be West Space for information on self-help, 6 ways to wellbeing and the support directory. There are lots of organisations in the Third Sector who provide a range of support options. 

Mental wellbeing issues 

Issues such as stress, anxiety, unhappiness, low mood, poor personal resilience, distress, relationship problems or Seasonal Affective Disorder are seen by the Wellbeing Hub. The Hub is accessed through GPs and they deal with issues which are mild to moderate, with low complexity and low risk. At the hub, a link worker will undertake an assessment and people may be offered signposting, educational and coping skills groups, guided self-help or brief individual interventions. 

Common mental health issues

Issues such as anxiety disorder, mild to moderate depression, a history of trauma, mild to moderate OCD, phobia, panic or emotional dysregulation are seen by Primary Care Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) who are accessed through GPs. 

Mental disorders and mental illness 

Mental disorders include severe anxiety disorder, severe OCD, post traumatic stress disorder and severe depression. Mental illnesses include schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder and post natal depression. These conditions are moderate to severe and may be of long duration/chronic, they are also moderate to high complexity and risk. All these conditions will be triaged and referred to appropriate practitioners in secondary care or elsewhere. 

How you can help  

Being trauma informed 

Factors which affect our mental health and wellbeing 

Mental health and wellbeing definitions 

How to support good wellbeing

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