Important Information

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 admin@lanarkshirelinks.org.uk

As we work through these challenging times emails and calls are still coming in from our members and partnership organisations. If you have any information you think we should be sharing please let us know.

Lanarkshire Links is continuously monitoring information and getting out there to you. The staff team are utilising technology and are available for online meetings. Please get in touch to ensure we have an up to date email address for you.

To ensure our members and our staff team keep safe this has meant that all quarterly Members’ Meetings, local issues groups and carers groups are cancelled until further notice.

Telephone contact rooms have been set up to replace our usual community issues and carers groups.

At this time when everyone is experiencing stress the members have participated in relaxation and mindfulness sessions; and members have taken the lead in providing quizzes and some comedy sessions. Members are sharing information and a list of grass roots local community resources is available to support members who are in need of additional support at this time.

If you would like a regular catch up telephone call let us know. These are being provided by Sheena Hamilton and our Vice Chair Richard Carlson.

We are providing regular webinars on mental health, recovery and stigma & discrimination.

We currently have vacancies on our Management Committee. If you have two hours free to volunteer every 6 weeks please get in touch and we can chat through how best to get you involved. Our Trustees aim to break down barriers and to work in partnership; respecting each other’s views and confidentiality; and tell us that being part of a committee and giving something back supports them to maintain their recovery and keep well. Contact lizmacwhinney@lanarkshirelinks.org.uk.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Supports

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. There a wide range of supports available to you.

Elament is Lanarkshire’s first stop for online mental health and well-being information. Elament are providing COVID-19 related updates on support services in Lanarkshire on their social media pages, as well as sharing tips on the 5 ways to well-being. www.elament.org.uk

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: enquiries@mwcscot.org.uk.

Samaritans operates a 24-hour support service which you can call on 116 123 visit
https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Breathing Space operates a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed: 0800 83 85 87 visit https://breathingspace.scot/

Calm Distress is a new online course from NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services, designed for you to use in your own time and at your own pace. It is all about understanding emotions and improving wellbeing, during Covid-19 and beyond.

Over five friendly sessions, Calm Distress will help you open up to day-to-day stress, recognise your warning signs, and learn new ways to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings. Each Calm Distress video is about 20 minutes long, giving you lots of useful information in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. There are also booklets to go alongside the videos, which you can download and dip into if you wish: do it how you feel it works for you.
https://www.lanarkshiremindmatters.scot.nhs.uk/calm-distress-online-course-overview/

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/

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