Mental Health Professionals

Hi, my name is Carole Gibson and I am the Mental Health Development Worker at DCCS. I want to make sure that people who care for adults with poor mental health receive all of the services they need.

I ensure that all Carer Support Coordinators have guidance, information and training to enable them to  support this group of Carers effectively and by working with them to deal with more complex cases.

Developing and maintaining links with mental health teams, and other agencies and organisations raises the awareness of this group of Carers, this is done by delivering presentations to highlight Carers issues and encourages the identification of "hidden Carers".

I attend all relevant strategic meetings to ensure 2-way communication, which considers Carers and any current issues that may have an impact on them. In addition I can ensure that Carers are included in any consultation opportunities raised at these meetings.

I organise and facilitate events and support groups that offer this group of carers the opportunity to gain valuable peer support.

We work in partnership with TEWV adult and older persons' services to offer training and information sessions to this group of carers several times each year, as well as  one-off workshops as required e.g. mindfulness taster sessions. This close partnership working has also enabled us to offer training to Carer Support Workers, which has included awareness training on drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, bi-polar disorder, psychosis related conditions and personality disorders.

We have also worked in partnership with both statutory and voluntary sector organisations during Dementia Awareness week, Carers week and World Mental Health day to raise awareness, identify hidden Carers and encourage referrals. We have also been involved in delivering Carer Awareness training sessions to professionals working in mental health services.

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Carole Gibson

Carole Gibson - 01325 524603