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Change Mental Health

Last updated: 11th July 2024

Type of service:

Voluntary

Need supported:

  • Employability / Training / Career
  • Mental Health
  • Other
  • Personal Development

Aim/Purpose:

Change Mental Health works across the region ensuring they reach people affected by mental illness. Resource centres are available in Dumfries, Annan, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart, and Stranraer. As well as the locality centres providing a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental space for people to socialise and gain skills to improve their confidence and wellbeing these centres are hubs for staff to deliver outreach support to people across the region in their own environment and often hard-to-reach rural areas, to enable them to integrate back into their community. They also improve the health and wellbeing of carers through Carer Support, who might have poor mental health through supporting someone with a mental illness. Change Mental Health offer access to peer support and signposting to other relevant services in the area through constantly building positive links in the community. Their Employability Support Project in Dumfries for adults and young people through a combination of one-to-one and group support to provide opportunities for personal development, they also have their own Gift Shop that sells art made by talented creatives who attend groups. Services in Dumfries and Galloway are resourceful, welcoming and place people at the heart of what they do.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Self-referral

Agencies and individuals can contact Change Mental Health by telephone or email.

Further Information:

Activities are aimed at improving, or in many cases rediscovering skills that allow those taking part to lead a more active and worthwhile role in society. A range of employability skills are embedded into activities that allow people to be creative and imaginative, as well as having some fun along the way. Tasks which encourage the use of these skills are all part of the group sessions, which range from art, crafts, sewing, digital photography, creative writing, and IT based activities, through to discussion groups, driving test theory and literacy and numeracy. With all of these activities, strenuous efforts are always made to produce a tangible ‘outcome’. Many of these outcomes are then sold through the shop which is in the same building.