VHS presented this one hour workshop at The Gathering on 20th February 2019, in partnership with the Scottish Rural Health Partnership which is hosted by the University of Highlands and Islands. The aim was to shine a light on mental health issues distinctive to rural and remote areas in Scotland and to give space to explore collaborative approaches to addressing these issues. There were 127 registered delegates.
Chaired by VHS’s Chief Executive Claire Stevens, there was a keynote presentation from Karen O’Hanlon, Business Development Manager, Scottish Rural Health Partnership. A panel discussion followed, with Jim Hume, Convenor, National Rural Mental Health Forum, James Jopling, Executive Director for Scotland, Samaritans and, Paul Southworth, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, NHS Health Scotland.
Read the Key messages:Key Messages Mental Wellbeing in Rural Scotland
View the PowerPoint: Mental Health and loneliness in rural Scotland