STONEHAVEN and District Community Council, SDCC, have launched an online survey to discover how residents feel about our mental health care services
The Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) – a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian – has been undertaking a consultation into the delivery of mental health services in Aberdeenshire. They aim to produce a strategy for the next five years.
Workshops were held last August and a draft strategy paper was published at the beginning of this year – which was itself put under consultation in a process that concluded in February.
But such is the level of concern felt by various members of SDCC – who say they have personally encountered shortcomings – that they have asked to become formally part of the process, that their views are taken into consideration – and the strategy is further reviewed.
Early Findings Supporting Their Fears
SDCC member Mike Duncan told The Bellman he wants to ensure the new strategy addresses failings in the current provision which he said left many people in the dark about what services should be available to them.
And with a meeting with AHSCP on the cards next Thursday, Mr Duncan hopes as many people as possible will take part in a survey, which can be accessed via the following link.
The survey has been online for only a few days, but Mr Duncan said the findings are already indicating SDCCs concerns are echoed in the community.
“Things are not joined up. People are not aware of what’s available or where to go,” he said.