Equality News Update: Third Force News: Safe spaces needed for those in rural areas

Research has highlighted the importance of providing mental health support for those who may feel isolated

People living in rural communities need safe spaces to ensure they feel healthy and supported.

A new report released by national mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland and the National Rural Mental Health Forum has highlighted the importance of creating spaces which allow people to engage and feel part of the community.

The report – entitled Well Connected Communities – is the result of research undertaken in Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Ayrshire, Argyll & Bute and the Western Isles, to look at a community approach to mental health and wellbeing.

The study has highlighted the importance of people suffering poor mental health in rural areas having safe places to take part in their local communities and live meaningful lives.

Respondents stressed the difficulties they face with isolation, particularly when transport options were scarce.
Read more at: http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/safe-spaces-needed-for-those-in-rural-areas

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