With the Christmas season upon us, NHS Tayside has launched a new online self help mental health directory to help support wellbeing.
The information directory is a list of mental health support and advice organisations, resources and helplines both in Tayside and nationally.
The directory was produced as part of NHS Tayside’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Change Programme ‘Living Life Well’ and signposts people to these support channels and resources with the aim of ensuring that people know where they can turn. It was developed together with public health staff, third sector partners and representatives from mental health special interest groups.
The list of support services is available on NHS Tayside’s new Living Life Well website at www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
NHS Tayside Interim Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Kate Bell said, “We hope this online directory will be a valuable resource for anyone in Tayside so that they know where to go to seek support or access to services, and also what is available to support them look after their mental health and wellbeing.
“We know the festive season can often be a difficult time for many people – it can leave some people feeling alone or lonely, can cause additional pressure or can increase worries about money and the cost of Christmas. People may also be struggling with how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the celebrations this year.
“Mental ill health can affect everyone at any time of the year, so it is important that we assist people to understand what support is available. We hope this directory will make finding that advice and support easier for people in Tayside.”
The approved Living Life Well draft strategy is also available on the website. A final version of this strategy is due to be published in January 2021.