Reach out

It's as important to receive help and kindness as it is to give it. And over the last year, most of us have needed support as well as given it. Remember that there are lots of people - neighbours, friends, charities - who can help. So don't be afraid to reach out!

Mental Health

Lots of us have struggled with our mental health over the last year - so if you're feeling low, anxious, or stressed, you're not alone. Talking to your friends and family can help - check out this great advice from Mind if you're not sure where to start. The Mental Health Foundation and NHS Scotland have loads of really useful tips for keeping mentally healthy

Remember that if you want to talk to someone, Breathing Space and Samaritans are fantastic at listening, whatever you're going through. 

Loneliness

Lots of people are experiencing loneliness and isolation right now. If you're isolated, try and speak to friends or family by phone or online as much as you can, and if you're feeling lonely, talk to them about how you're feeling. There are also lots of organisations who are supporting people by connecting them with others - Befriending Networks can help put you in touch with a local befriending service .

Age Scotland also run a helpline for older people experiencing loneliness, and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland run a Kindness Project for anyone in need of support or a friendly chat with a chest, heart or stroke condition. 

Food

If you or someone you know is struggling to get food, including because you can', there is a lot of support available. Informally, neighbours may be willing to go shopping for you. OLIO, an app, allows you to pick up surplus food from neighbours and shops for free. Food Train provide shopping or meals to older people all across Scotland. There are also huge numbers of community food groups who can provide food support near you - the best place to find these is your local Third Sector Interface.  Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland’s Kindness Project can also help provide emotional and practical support  or anyone with a chest, heart or stroke condition.

Housing

If you or someone you know is struggling with housing during the winter, Shelter and Crisis are both able to help. Shelter offer advice for anyone experiencing housing difficulties, particularly around evictions. They can also help you find local services that offer support in your area.

If you need any other kind of support, look to your local Third Sector Interface to see what kind of help is available in your area. Third Sector Interfaces are a single point of contact connecting local communities, charities and community groups, so they’ll know what’s going on near you.

Lots of us have struggled with our mental health over the last year - so if you're feeling low, anxious, or stressed, you're not alone. Talking to your friends and family can help - check out this great advice from Mind if you're not sure where to start. The Mental Health Foundation and NHS Scotland have loads of really useful tips for keeping mentally healthy

Remember that if you want to talk to someone, Breathing Space and Samaritans are fantastic at listening, whatever you're going through.