Rural Mental Health Webinar

Rural Mental Health Webinar
Wednesday 19 October 2022 - 11:00 to 13:00

Online Event

Scottish Rural Health Partnership and the National Mental Health Forum

Join the Scottish Rural Health Partnership and the National Rural Mental Health Forum for this topical webinar around rural mental health.

Format: Presentation and Q&A


11.00am - 11.30pm Dr Liz Ellis, Division for Rural Health and Wellbeing

Dr Liz Ellis, post-doc researcher from the Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing (RHW) at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), will give an overview and present the outcomes of workshops conducted with Prof Sarah-Anne Munoz, Professor of Rural Health, and Dr Sara Bradley Research Fellow, from RHW-UHI and Dr Rachel Erskine and Hereward Proops from UHI Outer Hebrides, as part of a Delphi study to explore rural mental health issues in the Isle of Lewis and Highland Region.

The outcomes will be related to the narrative review of Scottish island mental health research funded by the Scottish Government Islands Fund and carried out by Dr Janet Heaton, Senior Research Fellow at RHW-UHI.

11.30 - 12.00pm - Lindsay Crawford, Improvement Advisor, See Me Scotland

Lindsay Crawford from See Me Scotland will highlight the work of Scotland’s national programme tackling mental health stigma and discrimination. The presentation will include an overview of the See Me in Work portal, which launched on the 11th August, as well as other tools and resources you can use to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Last year See Me launched its 5-year strategy, ‘With Fairness in Mind’ and has committed to increase the reach and scope of our work with priority groups where stigma is most prevalent. At the end of the presentation See Me will seek feedback from the forum and make and appeal to anyone who would be interested in partnering with us to trial some of our digital resources, as well as looking for ways to develop new resources that tackle stigma and discrimination in male dominated industries.’

12.00pm - 12.30pm - Martin Malcolm, Head of Public Health Intelligence - Research and Innovation Lead at NHS Western Isles

Martin Malcom, Head of Research and Development and Public Health Intelligence in NHS Western Isles will be talking about a range of digital health interventions developed and being implemented for supporting mental health in remote, rural and island communities. He will also share evaluation outcomes relating to this form of intervention where they have been trialled in these communities.