Focus on prevention

Preventative education is one option, but prevention need not just be about education.

It could also be related to tackling problems of low self-esteem in the context of mental health. It could similarly be about a lack of opportunities, particularly employment and social.

Building resilience in communities was a closely related point that could help people to cope. These considerations are particularly relevant in a context of rural deprivation.

Why the contribution is important

This is important as prevention is better and cheaper than a cure.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 26, 2015 at 04:53PM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 12:22

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    Access to more knowledge from the health service is needed to help us understand our own health. We might spend £5million on a piece of kit to treat 20 people, but if you spend that money on preventative measures it would stop many more people getting ill. People need to take responsibility for their health but they need to have education about how to live healthier lives. This should start with midwives and go through to schools, for example, and money should be put back into school nursing. There needs to be partnership with education. The school nurses were a success but were removed due to budget cuts.

    It is important that people do not have unreasonable expectations about what services can be provided for them. Instead there could be a focus on encouraging and enabling people to take responsibility for their own health, and health risk. This was closely linked to prevention, but not everything can be prevented; resilience can help people to cope with problems that do occur. Given the importance of resilient communities, perhaps we should be employing more community workers rather than more traditional ‘health’ staff. A lack of community nowadays means that people do not always have the helping hands they once did. Services can try and step into this gap, but we can also focus on building communities ourselves.

    There was an example given in a previous event of an estate where two mothers really made a difference to their community and its problems. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their own health, and do everything that they can to be well.

    This is important as people can also be facilitated to take responsibility for their own health and health risks.
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