Handsome centre for mental health help

20111014- Mental Health Resource Centre. 'The SAMH Mental Health Resource Centre on Bridge Street Montrose was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Angus Deputy Provost Peter Murphy. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20111014- Mental Health Resource Centre. 'The SAMH Mental Health Resource Centre on Bridge Street Montrose was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Angus Deputy Provost Peter Murphy. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

A BRAND new mental health centre for Montrose was opened on Friday at 1-3 Bridge Street.

The opening was timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, under the auspices of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

People using the centre will chat to trained volunteers who will give advice on a range of common problems such as depression.

They will be told about the type of help that is available locally.

The opening ceremony was performed by Angus Depute Provost Peter Murphy, who was assisted by John Milne from Radio Tay.

Also celebrated on the day was the relaunch of the Angus Mental Health Association (AMHA), which has now merged with SAMH.

AMHA had run into funding problems after the withdrawal of support by Angus Council.

Present at Friday’s ceremony were staff and board members from both organisations, indicating the determination to work together successfully.

Director of operations at SAMH, Charlie McMillan, said: “With one person in four likely to experience some kind of mental health problem in their lifetime, it is important that they, or the people who care about them, are able to easily access the information and advice they need to look after their mental health.

“Too often mental health has been seen as an NHS issue - but it’s about so much more than that.”

The new centre will be open, Monday to Friday, from noon until 4pm.