Health Concerns and Not Sure Where to Turn?

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing and introduction of the strict lockdown mode, it’s easy to feel unsure for the health of yourself and others.

A number of health organisations and health-care professionals offer support to look after yourself during this time. The following resources provide useful information and advice as well as direct support:

General health: NHS Inform and Ready Scotland websites

Local mental health and wellbeing support services:

  • Penumbra Angus Wellbeing Services – enquiries and referrals can be made at angus.nova@penumbra.org.uk
  • Penumbra Angus Peer Service – telephone appointments can be booked through GP Practices
  • Angus Suicide Prevention Service – telephone and email support (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm). Contact aspss@penumbra.org.uk or 0800 135 7899. General updates are posted on Facebook
  • Community Listening Service – the service has moved to a telephone listening service during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone in Tayside can contact the listening service – phone or text 0796 777 1941 – to arrange a telephone appointment.

Drug and Alcohol Services:

  • We Are With YouFree confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health (online and telephone service)
  • Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA)contact can be made on Email: enquiries@alcoholtayside.com, Facebook or phone 01241 872989 (leave a message)
  • SMART Recovery – online SMART meetings can be accessed at the SMART website

Online Support:

  • Cool2Talk – This is a confidential place and 121 counselling service for young people aged between 12 and 26 to freely ask questions about things that are affecting them.
  • Suicide? Help! – an information app for people who are thinking about suicide or worried about someone else. As well as providing information about suicide, such as how to get help and what signs to look for in others, this app provides details of relevant local services
  • Money Worries? – This app is a comprehensive resource which points people to the right help in a crisis. Search for ‘Money Worries? Find the right help in a crisis’ on the app stores.
  • Living Life to the Full – a free life skills course teaching how to tackle and respond to issues or demands in everyday life. Includes specific wellbeing advice related to Coronavirus for adults, young people and their parents and health workers.
  • Parents helpline (Parentline Scotland – tips, advice and support for parents) – 08000 28 22 33
  • Domestic abuse helpline (Domestic Violence Helpline – confidential support from highly trained female advisors) – 0800 027 1234
  • Bereavement helpline (Cruse Bereavement Care) – 0845 600 2227 – offers support to people who have lost someone close
  • LGBT health and wellbeing helpline (LGBT Helpline Scotland – information and emotional support) – 0300 123 2523
  • Samaritans –call 116 123, email: jo@samaritans.org – provides 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide

Mental Health National Websites:

  • Alcohol Change UK – Information and advice on alcohol during the coronavirus outbreak, including how to manage your drinking
  • SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) – Hub of information and guidance about looking after your mental health as the coronavirus developments continue
  • Mind – information on coronavirus and your wellbeing, including useful checklists to help people to prepare for and cope with social isolation
  • Mental Health Foundation – information on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Young Scot – find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community
  • Young Minds – support for young people and parents who are struggling with news about coronavirus. Information for parents on talking to their children about coronavirus
  • COSLA – advice for supporting children and young people during Covid-19

 

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