One in four people will have some sort of mental health problem in their lives meaning there are millions of people who are either experiencing problems or who know someone else who is experiencing them.
Often this number can be higher in areas where people are experiencing difficulties with finances, drug and alcohol use and crime.
North Glasgow is one such area and the NHS, Social Work, Voluntary and Community organisations have joined together to form the North Glasgow Mental Health Network to help local people with mental health difficulties receive the best care possible.
The Network is a group of services and individuals working together in a partnership. Local user groups and carers have also joined the Network allowing everyone with an interest in mental health to have a say.
The Network recently ran a competition involving service users to design a logo to meaningfully represent the hopes of the Network in supporting and empowering people with mental health needs and their families in North Glasgow.
The winner, Kirsty Turkington, was given a first prize of £50, sponsored by The Co-operative, and four worthy runners up were awarded £10 each.
Councillor Ellen Hurcombe was on hand to present the winner with her prize. She said: “I was delighted to be asked to present this award to Kirsty for her innovative design.
“I understand the judges were very impressed by the thought and creativity that went in to all of the designs. However, they felt that Kirsty's logo captured how the different partners in the network hoped to join together to make sure that everyone with mental health needs in North Glasgow received the best help possible and that no one was left out.
Dr Stephen Marks, Clinical Psychologist at Stobhill Hospital added: “The North Glasgow Mental Health Network has been established to make sure that mental health services in North Glasgow are providing the best possible help for local people.
“It also advises on improving and developing these services to ensure anyone engaging with local organisation providing mental health support is getting a best practice service.”
Anyone in the North Glasgow area needing mental health advice for themselves or a family member can contact their local GP who will know about a range of services that might be suitable.
For further information contact 0141 201 4429.