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.

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. 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.

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.

We continue to engage our members to encourage involvement, provide support and listen to their concerns and issues around mental health and social care services. A telephone contact room for group members has been set up. The room is available for up to two hours in the afternoon, four days a week and on a Saturday evening; the sessions are facilitated by Sheena Hamilton -Development Manager. To date twenty five members call the room on a regular basis.

Members who feel unable to use this medium are offered a weekly catch up telephone call. One hundred and twenty members have been contacted.

The contact room replicates the regular group structure allowing time to raise issues, provide peer support and social inclusion. 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.

The contact room is well established in North Lanarkshire and work is progressing to encourage engagement of members in South Lanarkshire.

Members are sharing information and a list of local community resources is available to support members who are in need of additional support at this time.

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/

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

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