We are living in unprecedented times with lots of uncertainty and worry. It is important that we look after ourselves and each other by making sure to follow the government guidelines in order to stop the spread of the virus and lessen the burden on our NHS services.
The government has brought in stricter measures to ensure that we stay in our homes and minimise the amount of contact we have with other people, even our own family members who live outside the family home.
This therefore could be making you feel lonely and sad, not being able to see your friends and family members. It is ok to feel like this. These are difficult times and we are having to sacrifice a lot to ensure we all do our bit to stop the spread of the virus. This may be affecting your mental wellbeing because you have had to change so much of your normal life in such a short space of time. However, you are not alone and there are resources available should you be struggling with your mental health, or if you just need somebody to talk to about the way you are feeling or even to just understand the current situation.
Educational Psychological Services for South Lanarkshire have set up a dedicated support line offering advice and support via telephone consultations. This is available for young people/school staff/parents/carers and other professionals to access. The service operates Monday – Friday 10 am-3 pm and you can contact the service via telephone on 01698 4555 800 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you be self-isolating or vulnerable and don’t have access to a good support network, South Lanarkshire Council and VASLAN have teamed up to provide The Community Engagement Team. This service aims to help those in the community who are delivering essential items such as food and medicine as well as carrying out welfare checks and telephone befriending for those isolated and alone. Please note that this service is only available for those who are residents in South Lanarkshire. If you require this service you can contact the Community Wellbeing Line on 0303 123 1009, the opening times for the line are Monday-Thursday 8.45 am-4.45 pm and Friday 8.45 am -4.15 pm. Or if you have any questions in regards to the helpline you can email the team on email@example.com. You can check out the fact sheet below for more information.
Don’t forget that Scotland needs your help for the Coronavirus response and should you want to help out, VASLAN is seeking volunteers for the local community. If you wish to volunteer, then contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register your details at readyscotland.org, to sign up to your local community and be in the reserves for the Red Cross. Remember, only help if you are well. The following fact sheet below is from South Lanarkshire Council and outlines the guidelines for volunteering.
Remember Skills Exchange SCIO staff are still available for enquiries during this time. Check out the ‘ Contact us ’ page for staff details.
Don’t forget to Stay Home, Stay Safe and Save Lives!
From the team at Skills Exchange please take care of yourselves during this time. Remember you are not alone and there are services and resources in place to help you.