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East Lothian Involvement Group
"Our voice on mental health services"

Aims and Objectives:

We speak up for mental health service users in East Lothian
We speak out against stigma and discrimination
We work in partnership with the service providers
We show where there are gaps in mental health services
We participate in planning and managing mental health services
We facilitate training to provide skills and knowledge
We promote positive mental health
We use social events to strengthen the group

ELIG meets on the third Wednesday of each month,
from 1pm - 3pm, at Tynepark Resource Centre, Haddington.
Anyone who uses or has used mental health services in East Lothian is welcome.
Membership is free. Creche facilities are available.
Contacting ELIG:
By email:


ELIG was formed in 1992, with the assistance of funding from CAPS (Consultation & Advocacy Promotion Service).ELIG has always worked to represent the interests of users of mental health services, both by bringing in guest speakers from relevant organisations (East Lothian Mental Health Forum, Disability Scotland and others) and bymembers involving themselves in consultation processes - for example, ELIG members were involved in curriculum planning for Mental Health Nurse students at Napier University, Edinburgh.
ELIG became an independent group on 1 April 2000 (that's not a joke!) Since then, members have taken part in training days (e.g. committee and group skills), held an Open Day and organised social events. Thanks to funding from Disability Scotland, ELIG recently acquired up-to-date computer equipment and internet access....the fruits of which you are now viewing!

Social Events

Mental ill health can can often feel like a barrier to wider socialising. ELIG arranges a variety of social events for its members.
In the past, such events have included: lunches, barbeques, Open Days, day trips, karaoke, Christmas parties, discos, sports days...and we're always open to new ideas. Follow the 'NEWS' link below to see what's planned...


Keep this page bookmarked on your browser -
we'll be adding news and upcoming social events as they are planned


ELIG Annual General Meeting: Wednesday 20 December 2000 (time to be announced)

Bonfire Night/Fireworks celebration: Thursday 2 November 2000, from 6:30pm


Our plans for the future include:
* Getting more people involved - ELIG aims to be truly representative
* Continuing to involve ourselves in consultation with appropriate bodies
* Broadening the range of our contacts with professionals and voluntary organisations in the mental health field

ELIG is always keen to welcome new members. We are currently looking for help and support to take on practical tasks, e.g. fundraising, and with the general running of the group. If you would be interested in helping out, contact the Convenor, Ross Macphail:

By email:     By telephone: (01620) 8622444
By post: ELIG, Tynepark Resource Centre, Poldrate, Haddington EH41 4DA


Mental Health Links: SAMH: The Scottish Association for Mental Health
http://www.mentalhealth. offering advice/information on mental health problems/issues internet home of the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health Services a list of mental health related websites Scottish branch of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship website of the mental health charity Mind

Local & National Government Links: a gateway to the online presence of the UK parliament for information on Social Security benefits The Department of Health's website Scottish government website the website of East Lothian Council

Other Links:

Tynepark Mental Health Resource Centre a drop-in facility based in Haddington, East Lothian,
run by the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility and home to ELIG website of the weekly social care magazine 'Community Care' scotland's definitive on-line directory of holistic practitioners

If you find any of these links broken or no longer active, or know of a site that we should feature here,
please email us with details at

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