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
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.