National helplines, mobile and online tools managed in Moray and beyond. Provides anonymous support for motivated individuals at flexible times.
The Community Mental Health Team: psychiatry, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychology and other specialist services.
Connect with others and learn to manage challenges through supportive peer relationships. Nature or community based activities. Groups and individual options.
Neurodiversity General Information, Support and Resources
Sessions using talking therapies (e.g. CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapies) delivered over a limited time by healthcare professionals.
Short term information, support, resources and advocacy around neurodiversity in general.
Short term condition specific support for conditions that are often considered to fall within the neurodiversity spectrum.
Support and resources aimed to support neurodivergent children, young people and their families or carers.
Neurodivergent communities, peer support and helplines to connect with peers and get advice.
Additional support around wellbeing and mental health that could be impacted by neurodivergent challenges.

Understanding Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is the concept that there is a wide variety in the way brains work. Many human brains will work in a neurotypical way, but there is also a lot of human brains that will work in a different or neurodivergent way. There are many ways to categorise neurodivergent brains, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia/DCD, dyscalculia, FASD and many more. These differences can very strongly affect a person's way of seeing the world, their cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and even their values, their purpose in life, and their sense of who they are. Often people think and talk about these conditions in negative terms, but while there can be challenges, neurodivergent people can also bring very valuable insights, perceptions, skills and abilities with them.

How Do I Decide?

I want to support my mental health

How do I choose what is right for me at this time?

1. Reflect without judgement: Consider these questions with a your family members, a trusted supporter or friend.

2. Be honest: This will help you decide which options will work now and which you or your family members might like to try later.

3. There is no ‘wrong’ choice or failure: Just a more helpful choice for you and your family at this time. The decision you make might not be the same for all family members involved, one member might be more comfortable with certain support than others, try to be respectful about each other’s choices.

First steps: Navigate Mental Health Pathways in Moray

Speed – How fast do I need support? – swift services have less timer icons.
Support – How much support do I need? – high support services have more hand icons.
Access – Do I need to see my GP? – services are available that don’t need a GP referral.
Options – Am I considering all the options? – select more than one service to try.

How do I choose what is right for me and my family at this time?

Going further: CHIME – Build a better understanding of yourself

Connectedness: How ready am I and are family members to connect with others? Building confidence as an active community member can take time but makes a big difference to wellbeing. Accepting support and giving support to others is a key part of good health.

Hope & optimism: How motivated am I and are my family members to continue to make changes? Recovery can be described as a journey with ups and downs, there is no one fix as each person is individual. Different levels of being able to stick to changing something need different support levels. And some family members might need more encouragement than others.

Identity: How do I want to view myself? And how is that for my family members? In medical based services you are a ‘patient’, with others you are a ‘student’ or a ‘peer’ of recovery of wellbeing. Different roles can carry particular positive or negative associations for some people.

Meaning: Is my or our issue about something else as well? Housing, debt, relationships, caring for family, employability – these all have other specific support services in Moray. Have a look at the support signposted here: Helplines and Useful Resources.

Empowerment: Who is/are the right person or people to help us make decisions? Exploring our options and speaking out to say what we need can be shared with others such as supporters or friends. Learning this skill helps others to understand and act on our needs faster.