Top 5 Additional Wellbeing Support Available During Lockdown

14 July 2020
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Throughout the Covid19 lockdown we have brought you a series of blogs talking about funding support, learning and training opportunities and support for third sector organisations. A few weeks ago gave you the Top 5 Wellbeing Support Available During Lockdown. In this post we give you 5 more...


1) Friendship Line

Age Scotland, the national charity for older people, has launched it’s Friendship Line in a bid to tackle the loneliness and isolation that some people are facing. As well as a friendly chat people can call for advice on benefits, local services and legal issues.  The Friendship Line is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. 

Call the Friendship Line on 0800 12 44 222, or you can get more information here


2) Rural Mental Health Forum

The Rural Mental Health Forum is a strong network of rural people and stakeholders driving change to: 

  • Enable rural people to be open about their mental health 
  • Create solid evidence base for what works to improve people's lives 
  • Develop a programme to influence policy-makers to channel resources in ways that bring positive change through a network of rural organisations across Scotland 

As well as information and research on mental health in rural areas, they have a number of information videos to help you look after your own mental health and that of others, including how to support someone and have conversations around suicidal feelings. 

View them here
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3) Mind - Wellness Action Plans

Mind has resources for staff and managers to manage their mental health during the Covid 19 pandemic, and the easing of lockdown. As part of this they have developed a Wellness Action Plan which you can download for yourself, or in your role supporting others. 

This guide is designed for anyone in employment or a voluntary role who would like to learn more about how to use Wellness Action Plans (WAPs) to support and promote their mental health and wellbeing at work. You could be

  • Currently experiencing a mental health problem and want to find out how a WAP can help you or  
  • Currently well, and interested in using the WAP as a proactive tool to map out what needs to be in place for you to be mentally well at work 

Read more, and download your copy here 


4) The Big White Wall (BWW)

BWW is an online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues. It is a safe online community helping people look after themselves with the support of trained professionals and clinicians. They operate 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. They don’t use real names and take your anonymity seriously. There are a range of tools and services you can use and discuss your feelings with others.

Find out more and a watch a short overview video of their service here.


5) Action For Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others. Every month they publish a calendar, packed with tips and actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.  For July 2020 they provide daily actions to help you be more resilient in challenging times. 

“We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond” 

You can download it here


Other Support

  • Wellbeing Checklist - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has a checklist for staff to go through at the end of a working day to help with mental health and wellbeing. You can access it here.

 

  • Headcoach - WSREC (West of Scotland Regional Equality Council) has produced some really useful videos about Zoom fatigue and working from home. Two videos which Impact Funding Partners have shared before: Working from home - creative ideas for working from home, and Zoom fatigue. They will be publishing more videos looking at mental health and wellbeing soon. For more information you can visit their website here.

 

  • Menopause Café - The Menopause Café is a charity run by volunteers and it has just celebrated it’s 3rd birthday! They create spaces for conversations about menopause. In the past three years they have held over 450 events, supporting over 3,500 people. In response to Covid-19 they are hosting twice weekly virtual events via Zoom. If you would like to join in you can find out more here.

For more information on wellbeing support during covid-19 check out our weekly newsletters. We pull together a range of information that we hope will help navigate your way through the challenging circumstances at the moment.

The newsletters are published every Thursday and are full of advice, funding opportunities, training and learning opportunities and support for organisations as well as a host of other relevant information. You can read the most recent newsletter here.

We also have a designated page on our website full of up-to-date information on our Covid 19 response which you can see here.

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