Scotland’s chief medical officer for mental health has urged those feeling the pressure to seek help.
Dr Alastair Cook was speaking at the start of a month of Scottish government activity to make sure those struggling to cope feel supported.
This will see them running campaigns on TV and radio throughout the month of January, with support at the heart of it.
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And Dr Cook backed the activity, saying times remain tough and tough for everyone.
Encouraging people to reach out, he said, “The pandemic continues to affect all of our lives, and many are struggling with difficult feelings and emotions.
“It is so important to keep putting mental health first, especially in times of uncertainty, and remember you are not the only one feeling this.”
The government’s efforts are reporting help available, both online and by phone, from organizations such as Samaritans, Breathing Space, and SAMH.
It also aims to provide tips and advice on how people can take care of themselves and feel better.
Dr Cook continued, “If you are feeling weak, overwhelmed, unable to sleep, having trouble getting out of bed, or just not on your own, I encourage you to talk to someone about how you are feeling as this can help lighten the load.
“It may be a friend or family member initially, but organizations such as Breathing Space and Samaritans can provide free, confidential counseling over the phone.
“Support is there, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulties. Visit NHS inform to find the assistance that’s right for you, or call NHS24 on 111 if you need more urgent help.
Dr Cook explained how feelings of anxiety, worry and frustration are felt – to varying degrees – by many, and his point of view was supported by the Minister of Mental Welfare and Social Affairs.
Kevin Stewart said: “These are difficult times for all of us, and the feelings of worry or uncertainty are understandable.
“During the winter months, it’s more important than ever to take care of our mental health and well-being.
“This campaign highlights the things we can do to take care of ourselves and others.
“Remember that help and support is available if you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling. “
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