Lanarkshire Links Office is closed due to the coronavirus Covid 19. The staff team are working from home for the foreseeable future. You can contact us on our usual number 01698 265 232 (office hours are 8am -4pm) or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do keep in touch.
As we face this new way of living Lanarkshire Links is continuously monitoring information and getting out there to you. The staff team are utilising technology and are available for online meetings. The next edition of Mental Health Matters will be available in November; keep an eye to the website.
To ensure our members and our staff team keep safe this has meant the quarterly Members’ Meetings have moved online on Zoom. If you need support to join in let us know.
Our issues groups have moved to telephone contact rooms during the pandemic. There is afternoon and evening wind down sessions with relaxation and mindfulness available. Peer support has developed naturally with members supporting one another within their communities. There is lots of fun too with quizzes, poetry and comedy. We are continually reviewing the Scottish Government Guidelines and will recommence outdoor and indoor socially distanced meetings again as soon as is possible. Contact us on 01698 262532 for updates.
Looking after your well-being is important at all times, however during these extra testing times, we may be finding even if we usually keep well, that we are suffering from increased anxiety and stress.
If you would prefer a regular call from us to have a chat and keep in touch just let us know. Members tell us that the calls have been a life line when they have been confined to the house so much.
If you are worried about your mental health or someone else’s mental health, you should speak to your GP or call NHS24 on 111. In an emergency, you should call 999.
If you have a query on rights in relation to mental health and incapacity law, or care and treatment you can contact the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: www.mwcscot.org.uk/contact-us or call 0800 389 6809 (service users & carers only), email: email@example.com
Samaritans operates a 24-hour support service which you can call on 116 123 visit
Breathing Space operates a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed: 0800 83 85 87 visit https://breathingspace.scot/
Free online Stress Control classes – Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and world-renowned expert in stress and mental health, is running free online Stress Control classes accessible to everyone in Lanarkshire … and beyond. These classes will be filled with useful tips about how to manage common problems including anxiety, low mood, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each session is supported by audio clips and downloadable booklets. The classes will be streamed twice a day on Mondays and Thursdays. For more information – including some helpful reading to sign up go to www.stresscontrol.org
NHS Lanarkshire psychological services have a range of information about psychological well-being during Covid-19, which is regularly updated. Visit https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/novel-corona-virus-covid-19/psychological-wellbeing/
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly caused extra concern for people who are carers. You can visit https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-mental-wellbeing
The Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland advice service can support people whose home heating and energy use is affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you are, or someone you know is worried about energy bills, contact a friendly advisor free on 0808 808 2282, Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland/news/covid-19-faqs-home-energy-scotland-customers
The National Rural Mental Health Forum is dedicated to ensuring people in rural areas in Scotland lead mentally health lives. The forum is supported by the Scottish Government and is organised by Support in Mind Scotland https://ruralwellbeing.org