1 in 70 – “everyday we’re reminded just how important the work we do is”

Annual Services Report

Over the past year, 1 in 70 people across the Falkirk District have turned to Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (FDAMH) for support.

Our Annual Report launching today, Thursday 20 July, demonstrates FDAMH’s vital importance to the local community.

With a 13% increase in the number of people accessing the charity’s services between April 2016 and March 2017, FDAMH, supported by a team of 100 volunteers, has been working hard to meet this continued rise in demand.

There has been a distinct growth in the number of people aged 25 years and under receiving support from FDAMH. Between 2016 – 2017 FDAMH supported people between the ages of 14 – 97 years old, with 350 young people receiving help during this period.

The Immediate Help Service, which offers immediate support without the need for an appointment, saw a 30% increase in young people aged 25 and under turning to the service.

The Young Person’s Counselling Service also allowed those between the ages of 14 – 18 to access counselling quickly, thanks to dedicated funding, with 46 young people having already received this one-to-one support. Alongside this, a further 61 people between the ages of 19 – 24 years also received counselling support.

Offering a range of services to people across Falkirk, including Counselling, Social Prescribing, Family Support, Befriending, a Mental Health and Wellbeing Drop-In, and Activity Groups, the charity has grown remarkably over the past year.

Not only did FDAMH launch a dedicated Counselling service for young people aged 18 and under, it also took on new staff to cope with the increased demand, its Training Academy delivered 4,870 training hours on mental health and wellbeing to 788 people, and the charity raised over £80,000 through fundraising events.

Key service stats:

  • Immediate Help Service: 779 individuals supported
  • Counselling: 605 referrals, 41% of which were from NHS services, with 26% self-referring
  • Social Prescribing: worked with 404 people, delivering support from two GP Practices and in-house within FDAMH
  • Family Support Service: supported 363 families
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Drop-In: 210 individuals visited the Drop-In, with an average of 127 visits per week
  • Activity Groups: 98 people engaged in 3,846 hours of activities across 11 different groups
  • Befriending: 71 people aged between 16-61 years old received one-to-one and group befriending
  • Third Age Befriending: 85 people between the ages of 55-97 years were supported with the help of 24 volunteers
  • Women’s Group: 65 women participated in activities and social meet-up’s
  • Bereaved by Suicide: 31 people supported over the year

Commenting on the Annual Report, Angela Price, FDAMH General Manager, said: “Each year we see a rise in demand for our services and this year is no exception. No matter how busy it gets however, every day we’re reminded just how important the work we do is to people across Falkirk. That’s why this year we changed the format of our report and let those who have used our services, and our staff and volunteers, tell the story of FDAMH through their experiences.”

Read our Annual Services Report

20/07/2017 at 12:16 pm