Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support during the Coronavirus

Signpost to mental health and wellbeing support and advice

Help in a crisis

 

There are other services you can contact 24 hours a day for support, as per the following:

 

 

Advice, resources and support

We are all likely to be under increased pressure over this period. It is going to be crucial that we are all able to talk openly and honestly about our mental health and wellbeing and we know how to get help and support when we need it.

 

Online resources

• Visit the Breathing Space website for some tips on staying connected and online resources specifically designed to help you cope with staying home and the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

https://breathingspace.scot

 

• The NHS Inform COVID-19 page has suggestions and advice for coping with the effects of self-isolation, social shielding, and social distancing on your mental wellbeing.

 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

 

• The SAMH website includes help with anxiety, OCD, issues for older people and young people, benefits, and coping with distressing news coverage.

 

https://www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-information-hub

 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/information-advice/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/your-wellbeing/

 

• Young Scot website has a lot of information on coping with the COVID-19 pandemic for young people.

 

https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

 

• The Young Minds blog has a range of resources, and useful advice about how COVID-19 can affect young people with different mental health conditions.

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/

 

• Scottish Government Clear your head site is full of tips and ideas to help us get through these times.

 

https://clearyourhead.scot/

Mental Health Support Videos

Please watch a selection of videos below on how you can better manage your mental health.

Mental Health: Laura's Story | NHS

NHS Frontline: Mental Health Rehabilitation | NHS

Adverse Childhood Experiences - NHS Health Scotland

A story of perseverance | Andrew #SAMHStories

When the bubble goes pop | Deborah #SAMHStories

The role of mental health in sport #SAMHStories

Promote trusted and reliable information

It is important to have the right information. Getting news from unreliable sources can make you feel more upset and anxious, which is unhelpful when it comes to mental wellbeing.

 

Look out for reliable sources, like both the NHS Inform (https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus) and the Scottish Government (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/) websites.

 

Support communities to stay home and stay well

 

Even if you’re working from home, staying indoors and social distancing can lead to changes in your routine. This can have a

negative effect on your mental wellbeing.

Online resources

• Age Scotland has information on maintaining mental and physical wellbeing at home including a video with exercises that older people can do safely.

 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/staying-safe-and-well-at-home/your-wellbeing/

 

• Young Minds has useful tips and resources for protecting young people’s mental wellbeing while staying home.

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/looking-after-your-mental-health-while-self-isolating/

 

• Parent Club can help parents with everything from learning at home to finding reliable

information about COVID-19 and children.

 

https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus

 

• See Me campaign is Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

 

https://www.seemescotland.org/news-and-blogs/talking-about-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

 

• Mental Health Foundation has specific advice for taking care of yourself and creating a routine

while we all need to stay at home.

 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

• The Sleep Council offers more information on getting a good night’s sleep so you feel alert and

more positive during the day.

 

https://sleepcouncil.org.uk

 

• BBC Food has recipes to try when you’re staying home and don’t have access to the

ingredients you usually use.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food

 

• NHS Inform has relaxation exercises.

 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/mental-wellbeing/stress/breathing-and-relaxation-exercises-for-stress

 

• OpenLearn website offers free learning suitable for all ages and education levels.

 

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

 

• Community Health Exchange (CHEX) offers the latest news and information relating to

community-led health.

 

https://www.chex.org.uk/

Highland resources

 

• Helpline staff will also be signposting callers to other organisations that can provide help and assistance as well as gathering offers from individuals or community groups wishing to volunteer.

 

• Think Health Think Nature contains useful links and information on engaging with nature while adhering to current UK Government Guidelines.

 

 

 

• HighLife Highland is uploading online classes to help you exercise from home from their Macmillan Move More Highland Facebook page.

 

 

• HighLife Highland have specialist support for some of the most vulnerable members of the community who may be ‘shielding’ e.g. people affected by cancer.

 

 

• Highland Digital Schools Hub information for schools and young people.

 

Advocate for equality and challenge discrimination

Treating people differently because they are ill or not the same as us creates stigma and can lead to discrimination. This can make people who are mentally unwell feel worse. At this time of crisis and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to ensure that people are protected from discrimination.

 

Reduce stigma by using inclusive and accessible language

terms such as:

 

• “people who have COVID-19”

 

• “people who are being treated for COVID-19” or

 

• “people who are recovering from COVID-19”

 

Terms that should not be used include:

 

• “COVID-19 cases”

 

• “victims”

 

• “COVID-19 families” or

 

• “the diseased”

 

Unfortunately, we are aware that some people have committed hate crimes linked to the COVID-19

outbreak. Any such crimes should be reported to Police Scotland and will be taken very seriously.

 

 

Be prepared

 

Ready Scotland is the official channel of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Division. It provides

COVID-19 specific advice on finding extra support, and the help available for community groups.

You can also find information on helping in your community and the best ways to shop responsibly.

 

HCPP Document

The information on this page has been replicated from a Highland Community Planning Partnership document. The original file can be downloaded by clicking the button below:

 

Contact us

If you live in Skye, Lochalsh and Raasay and are in need of immediate assistance, please contact us on the details below and we will redirect you to the relevant organisation or volunteers!

 

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