The impact of rural life on mental health

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The first survey of what it’s like to live with mental ill health in rural Scotland is currently underway.

National charity Support in Mind Scotland and Scotland’s Rural College have joined forces for the survey which focuses specifically on people’s experiences throughout rural Scotland.

Rural areas can be idyllic places to live, but it is also the case that people in rural Scotland suffer from mental ill health and the effects of isolation.

The charity wants to find out how “rural” affects daily life: using public transport, accessing services, and being part of small communities.

Support in Mind Scotland and SRUC are also asking for people’s ideas for rural service delivery and what they want to tell Scotland’s policy-makers.

Frances Simpson, chief executive of Support in Mind Scotland, said: “Much of our work takes place in rural areas, but what we don’t have is a picture of what it’s like living with mental ill health across the whole of rural Scotland.

“We want to know whether issues and concerns keep coming up, and what ideas people have for addressing the challenges they face.”

Anyone wishing to take part has until Wednesday, September 21. via: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ScottishRuralHealthSurvey