Who we are
Key partners involved in the development and running of midspace:
|midspace is managed by
Health in Mind
midspace receives funding from
|Choose Life||Midlothian Council|
|midspace is coordinated by
Midlothian Wellbeing Intervention Network
A bit of background…
In December 2006 the Midlothian Mental Health Strategy proposed MWIN co-ordinate and develop services which promote positive mental health and prevention strategies for the wider population. The Strategy envisaged this work would result in increased awareness of mental health problems and improved access to services and support for people living in Midlothian.
In 2009 MWIN approached the team involved in developing Edspace (www.edspace.org.uk) to explore the possibility of developing a Midlothian mental health information website.
MWIN secured funding from NHS Lothian, Choose Life, and the Midlothian Council, and a multi-agency Steering Group was established to develop the project. Members of this group include MWIN, health in mind, NHS Lothian, service user representatives, Midlothian Council, Choose Life, SAMH and Midlothian Libraries.
This group will evolve into an Advisory Group, which will assist with monitoring and project development.
The aims of the database are to:
- Signpost people to appropriate mental health and wellbeing services in Midlothian
- Enable people to make informed choices in their treatment and care
- Inform people of factors influencing positive mental health and wellbeing
- Enable people to access services and information which may be of benefit to them or someone they support
The Steering Group will take collective responsibility to:
- Provide appropriate advice, information and support to help midspace fulfil its aims
- Make final decisions regarding content where this may be controversial
- Monitor website accessibility - in terms of language, as well as design and content
- Monitor feedback, including complaints and make decisions / advise on changes where appropriate
midspace content is provided by 'expert authors' including: service providers; mental health professionals; carers; and service users. Content is monitored and approved by the midspace Team and the Steering Group.
In carrying out these responsibilities, the Steering Group will provide information in good faith, but cannot be responsible for any inaccuracies or any liability arising from information provided by other agencies. Neither can they give advice nor recommend a specific service; inclusion in the database does not constitute a recommendation.
Complaints in the first instance should be made to health in mind as the service provider.
If you would like support through a complaints procedure, an Advocacy service may be able to help. Please see our Service Directory for Advocacy services, also find further information on the role of Advocacy services by clicking here.
Consultation is ongoing, and the project aims to involve as many agencies and individuals as possible in developing and implementing the website. For more detailed information on the project and how you can get involved please get in touch with us.