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Midlothian Community Hospital
Midlothian Community Hospital

If you feel low and stressed and want to do something about it, there is a new service that could not be easier to access – you just turn up, writes Jennifer Bragg.

The Midlothian Well-being Access Point opened last year, providing a drop-in service for anyone living in Midlothian who is experiencing feeling low or stressed and wants to make changes.

Access Point Worker Jennifer Bragg explained how people are supported to increase their well-being and to understand more about why they are feeling down.

“The Access Point is all about reducing people’s feelings of low mood and stress and increasing their confidence and self-esteem,” said Jennifer.

“They hear about local groups, activities and services that can help and how to access the support that will work best for them. Popping into the Access Point only takes an hour or so out of your day but it could be time that makes a big difference to your life.”

The service is available to anyone living in Midlothian aged between 18 and 65 and it is delivered by NHS Lothian, Midlothian Council and Scottish charity Health in Mind.

Jen continued: “As more people hear about the service and start to use it, we find their comments really helpful. One person told us that they felt that a big weight had been lifted because they had been listened to and not being rushed. Another found the location really convenient and we were told we were providing a good valuable service.”

The service is available in Penicuik and Bonnyrigg on Mondays and Wednesdays respectively. No appointment is needed as everyone is seen on a first come, first seen basis.

“There’s an open invitation to anyone who feels they will benefit from the Access Point. We’re at the Loganlea Centre, Eastfield Medical Centre, Eastfield Farm Road, Penicuik on Mondays from 11am until 2pm and at the Midlothian Community Hospital, Eskbank Road, Bonnyrigg, every Wednesday from 1pm until 3pm,” said Jennifer.

Need more information about the service or volunteering? Contact Jennifer.bragg@health-in-mind.org.uk or ring psychological therapies on 0131 536 8981.

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