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Change Mental Health works across Highland to ensure we are reaching people affected by mental illness and those in the remotest areas of the region

Change Mental Health is active all across Highland, working closely with communities to overcome barriers and shape support around people’s needs.

We reach people affected by mental illness in the remotest parts of the region to ensure no one is left behind. We are working in and part of these communities, enabling you to integrate into these when you are ready to move onto the next step of your journey.

Our support in Highland is resourceful and welcoming. We are driven by lived experience and have a commitment to person-centred approaches and meaningful participation.

How do we support people in Highland?
  • Run resource centres in Invergordon, Golspie and Fort William to provide a safe and non-judgemental space where people can build skills, improve their confidence and socialise to help their mental health and wellbeing
  • Support people in hard-to-reach areas across Highland through outreach support that helps them self-manage their situation to a point where they’re most comfortable
  • Develop strategies for carers by offering one-to-one emotional support and access to peer support through Carer Support
  • Work with 29 GPs across Highland to improve the mental health of people experiencing stressors in their lives by using social prescribing to refer people to relevant support in their area through the Community Link Worker project
  • Support anyone bereaved by suicide in Highland and Argyll & Bute through the Suicide Bereavement Support service
  • Offer brief intervention for people experiencing mental distress through the Distress Brief Intervention programme
  • Raise awareness of mental health in rural areas by fighting stigma and ensuring that nobody is left behind.

Our resource centres

Aimed at building self-confidence and recovery, our resource centres ensure people have access to the support they need, when they need it and in a way which works best for them. Our support in resource centre is totally flexible to your needs. It helps you develop a positive structure in your life, with a space to develop skills and increase confidence.

Our groups include:

  • Structured groups: to increase knowledge and learning about practical tools for personal development and everyday life
  • Open groups: laidback activities such as music, arts and crafts or creative writing
  • Community engagement groups: interaction in the community with organised visits to local places of interest.

We are person-centred

We also work in and build partnerships with others, referring you to the most appropriate organisation best placed to help you with specific issues. Change Mental Health work with you to help achieve your realistic desired goals and with other organisations to ensure that the support you receive is relevant to the support you need.

It’s our goal to make sure you are not facing life’s difficulties alone, especially when poor mental health and mental illness can make it a much bigger task.

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Want to find out more about the support Change Mental Health delivers in Highland?

Our stories and resources will tell you more about the lived experience of the people we support and work with, our commitment to person-centred approaches, and how you can learn more about mental health conditions and your rights.

Our Suicide Bereavement Support service helps anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. If you or someone know would benefit from support, the team can be contacted on 0800 471 4768 or email them directly. The service is free and confidential and includes both emotional and practical support to help navigate the hugely complex feelings that follow a suicide.

Telephone: 01463 710 963

Would you like to know more about Change Mental Health services?

Our Advice and Support Service is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, where advisers can signpost you to local support that most fits your needs, including our Change Mental Health services. We offer initial advice on money worries and help to deal with emergencies.

Contact 0808 8010 515, email us at advice@changemh.org or fill out the enquiry form on the Advice and Support Service page.

Our address is:
34 Tomnahurich Street
Inverness
IV3 5DS

I am now able to identify when I am feeling stressed and to put things into perspective by using old skills that I had forgotten I still had. I can celebrate and build on the positives. Most importantly, it’s about getting my message across clearly and simply to all, including friends and family so that they understand what I would like or need.”
– a carer receiving support from Change Mental Health in Highland.

vacancies

If you want to join the Change Mental Health team in the Highland region, check out our existing opportunities. 

We are recruiting for positions in Inverness, Fort William, Sutherland, Ross-shire and other areas of the Highland region. Check out our vacancies and apply today!

Do you have any questions about joining Change Mental Health? Contact our team at join@changemh.org.

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