As a lead partner to the Scottish Government’s Clear Your Head campaign, we’re sharing some simple ways we can all be there to listen and support each other with a new video starring our volunteers.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we have partnered with the Scottish Government's Clear Your Head campaign to raise awareness of simple ways we can all look after our mental health and support one another during these difficult times. This includes encouraging people to stay connected with friends and family, keep active and maintain a routine.
As part of this campaign, some of our inspiring listening volunteers from branches across Scotland have created a video sharing their tips for reaching out and supporting family and friends who may be struggling.
Recognising the challenges that the pandemic has posed to all of our mental wellbeing, the Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey shared her support for the video and encouraged people to take care of themselves and others. She commented:
These have been challenging times for all of us, however this year we have seen people talking more openly and honestly about their mental health than ever before, and I really hope that is a lasting legacy of the pandemic. Feelings of stress and worry are understandable as things continue to change, and it’s so important we continue to be kind to ourselves and look out for each other. Remember that help and support is available if you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling.
Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health
Our Executive Director for Scotland Rachel Cackett also highlighted how important it is for us to remain connected to friends and family through these recent turbulent times.
“At Samaritans we know how powerful making time to listen and talk can be. For someone who is going through a difficult time, a simple conversation can remind them that they are not alone and encourage them to share what they’re feeling.
We know that people can sometimes feel unsure of how to check in on someone they care about, especially at this time when meeting in person if more difficult. But this video shows that – whether it’s face to face, over the phone, messenger or video – there are simple steps we can all take to be there for one another.”
For more tips on how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing and look our for others visit www.clearyourhead.scot
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