Positive me Positive you
Archived news: published on Friday 12 Apr 2019 by Fife Council
Positive Me Positive You has been voted a big success
A LOCAL project that's taking the pressure off struggling GPs and helping boost positive mental health has been voted a huge success.
The "Positive me Positive you" project has been running in Glenrothes since 2017, and it's hoped that the approach it takes to treating people dealing with mild to moderate mental health issues in the community can soon be expanded to other areas of Fife.
Fife Council has worked in partnership with NHS Fife to develop the community based approach that helps people manage issues including anxiety, depression and social isolation, preventing these conditions from getting worse and supporting people to recovery.
Fife Council's Community Development Manager JP Easton explains: "Positive me Positive You is sometimes described as a "social prescribing" project which means it uses community based solutions to help people struggling and in need of support.
"Rather than going to the doctors for medical treatment, Positive me Positive You helps people through conversation and community support. And by meeting up with our Link Worker Hannah Grubb, people who have been referred to the project are offered a bespoke service that helps them meet their individual goals."
Statistics show that a higher proportion of the Glenrothes population suffer with mental health issues (4,367 individuals per 100,000) than Fife residents as a whole (4,116 per 100,000) and that parts of Glenrothes are among the most
deprived in Scotland.
Now Link Worker Hannah takes referrals from three GP practices across the Glenrothes area. She said: "My aim is to promote and build resilience, empowering people to ‘do it’ for themselves rather than creating dependency on workers, agencies and services. Since the start of the project we've supported over 240 people and feedback from those involved has been really positive. It would be amazing to see this approach rolled out to other areas of Fife."