1st Response – new service for people dealing with long-term, mounting stress

News — By on August 17, 2017 12:36 pm

1st Response – new service for people dealing with long-term, mounting stress

Penumbra, Changes and Stepping Out, with funding from East Lothian Health and Care Partnership, has just launched the new 1st Response service for people who feel they are reaching crisis point.

Feeling at crisis point?

Are you dealing with long-term, mounting stress? Are you feeling unable to cope? 

People can feel at crisis point for many reasons, including: 

  • Money or debt worries 
  • Unemployment or problems at work 
  • Housing issues 
  • Changes in your health 
  • Family or caring concerns 


Whatever the issue, 1st Response can support you to resolve your crisis. 

How can we help? 

1st Response provides face-to-face support throughout East Lothian. Our team will listen to you and help you resolve your crisis. We will provide you with sensitive and non-judgmental support based on your needs, and help you to access other services. We will support you to plan and manage your next steps. We will provide you with information about other organisations which could help (such as health services, social work, benefits advice and other support), and we will help you to develop skills to manage your mental health. 

Our team

1st Response is run by specially trained Practitioners and Peer Workers – people who use their own experience of mental health difficulties to help others achieve recovery. 

Who can use the service?

1st Response is open to anyone aged 18 years old and over who lives in East Lothian and is experiencing distress and reduced mental wellbeing. 

August dates are:

Day Time Location
Monday 7th and 21st 11am-1pm North Berwick Community Centre

8 Law Road,

N Berwick EH39 4PN

Monday 7th, 14th, 21st,28th 12-2pm George Johnstone Centre

McNeill room

35 Winton Place

Tranent EH33 1AE

Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 11am -1pm CHANGES

108 Market Street

Musselburgh, EH21 6QA

Wednesday 9th   and 23rd


11am-1pm The Bleachingfield Centre

Countess Crescent

Dunbar, EH42 1DX

Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st


11am-1pm John Gray Centre

Star Room

Lodge Street

Haddington EH41 3DX

Friday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 11am-1pm Pennypit Centre

Rope Walk

Prestonpans EH32 9BN



Jane Ogden-Smith MCIPR


East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership

John Muir House

Haddington EH41 3HA

  1. 01620 827 755/07703 191 218
  2. jogden-smith@eastlothian.gov.uk

Non-working day – Friday





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