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Children Mental Health Resources Wellbeing

Managing anxiety in children

It’s been a tricky time for all of us, but for many children who are having to deal with extended periods of isolation, without the structure of conventional schooling and time with others of their own age it’s been particularly tough.

Fife Council have produced a new guide that helps parents and carers support their children, helping them understand and deal with the anxiety they may feel.

You can download the guide here.

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Mental Health News Resources Wellbeing

Mental Health – Where can you turn?

Creative thoughts / ideas

the link below gives lots of ideas, one might resonate with you, its worth a try!

https://www.dayofaccess.co.uk/2020/03/covid-19-creative-tool-kit.html

Online Support, tools, resources, safe communities:-

Moodcafe

www.moodcafe.co.uk

Big White Wall

www.bitwhitewall.com

Mind

www.mind.org.uk

Living Life

https://llttf.com/

Some Apps that you can use

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/stress-anxiety-companion/

Assist you with dealing with your stress and anxiety, giving you tools that enable you to be able to face / deal with things ie breathing techniques, music, and games.

https://sam-app.org.uk/

Assists you understand and manage your own anxiety – giving techniques and ways of incorporating things into your day, or when you need it

http://moodmission.com/

An app to assist you when your mood is low

Online and phone support

Breathing space

https://breathingspace.scot/

Online information,

Some capacity for web-chat,

0800 83 85 87 (M-Th 6pm – 2pm, F-M 6pm – 6am)

Saneline

www.sane.org.uk

Online support

Reduced phone service – leave a message on 07984 967 708 with name and phone number and someone will return your call asap

Samaritans

www.samaritans.org

Some information on line or facility to email, 24 hour helpline 116 123

Older People Specific

Age Scotland

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/

Information available on their website

0800 12 44 222 (M-F 9am – 5pm)

Silverline (an arm of Age Scotland)

Sign up and you will receive a weekly telephone call; enabling relationships to be built up between the Silverline volunteer and the person receiving the weekly call.

0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hour line – to speak to someone straight away)

Independent Age

https://www.independentage.org/

Information and can set up a regular phone befriender too.

0800 319 6789 (8:30am – 6:30pm)

Alzheimers Scotland

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Lots of information on website for you, your family and friends.  An online community.

0333 150 3456 (M-W 9am-8pm, Th,F 9am-5pm, S,S 10am-4pm)

Bereavement and Loss

NHS Grief Support Site for Scotland

https://www.sad.scot.nhs.uk/

Cruse Bereavement Care

https://www.cruse.org.uk/

Information and advice

0808 808 1677 (mon and fri 9:30 – 5, Tue, Wed, Thur 9:30 – 8pm)

Curly Star Dream Foundation

Local support organisation in fife

www.curlystar.org

07716 018785 (24 hours)

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Information and normally local groups, plus some on line support

0300 111 5065 (9am – 9pm 7 days during Covid 19)

The Compassionate Friends

https://www.tcf.org.uk/

Support, information, on line resources

0345 123 2304 (7 days 10am – 4pm, 7pm – 10pm)

Can I help Cath Carter Parish Nurse for the Elderly – you can phone me on my mobile (07792 941783) if I don’t answer leave a message and I will get back to you.  I am happy to chat and signpost about anything, with a wide range of nursing and listening experience, or have some great volunteers who love talking too, if you are lonely and need a friend.  Anyone that knows me will tell you I can talk to anyone, and just love hearing people’s stories so don’t be alone, and have ideas that may help you if you are struggling at this time.  Yes we cannot get together just know but imagine the new friends we can make at this time and imagine what we each look like then have the ‘surprise’ when we put a face to the voice we have got to know!

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Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 and mental health

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How to get help when you need it

This is a completely unprecedented time to live through, and there is so much about the current situation that can create stress, challenge our resilience and lead to anxiety, panic and depression.

There are a number of resources, sources of help and people to talk to if you need help.

See Me is Scotland’s campaign to tackle the stigma of mental health. They’ve pulled together some practical guidance and links to organisations who can provide help.

The College of Wellbeing have launched a free online course to help you build up resilience to address the challenges of COVID-19.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health have a new information hub providing useful help on mental health resources and a list of organisations who can help.