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Hello and welcome to the April 2020 edition of our newsletter. You are receiving the bulletin because the information within it may be of interest to you or the communities you support.

In this newsletter we have prioritised this issue around mental health and the coronavirus - focussing on supports and information.

Please let us know what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions for future editions. You can contact us on admin@stepstones.org.uk 

Stepping Stones Service Update


I hope you are well and finding ways to cope with the new guidelines on keeping you and yours safe in the midst of this new situation. We have been busy organising our service so that we can support people as best we can by providing a telephone support service while balancing the demands of social distancing. We are still open our usual hours and we have many of our service members contacting us for support. We are still talking to people who have newly referred to the service prior to the 23rd March. People who currently use the service can contact their named workers on 0141 941 2929 for support and guidance. Please use the service if you need support.

Leave a message on the voicemail if the phone rings out. The website link https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus is worth checking on a regular basis for information. We will also be sharing really helpful stuff on this page. There is lots of good stuff being shared already from local colleagues and organisations and we will do our best to keep you informed.

Best regards and keep well. John White – Operations Director

Mental Health - Helpful Information and Links


 
Anxiety UK website
Coronavirus page link: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

Anxiety UK phone line hours extended, no available until 10pm weeknights and 10am-8pm on weekends. 03444 775 774 (however, calls may not be free “Calls to this number are the same as dialling an 01 or 02 number. The national rate for these type of calls is generally up to 9p from landlines and from 3p to 55p on mobile phones. However, you made find that this cost is included in your phone plan.”) (more info about these services:https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-uk-national-infoline-service/infoline-email-text-live-chat-services/)

Samaritans
Samaritans have a web page relating to mental health during coronavirus: https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
  • They have a short video on the above page to encourage people to talk about feelings and connect with others which could be shared.
  • Lower in the page there are links to several other resources on various topics.
SAMH
SAMH page specifically related to coronavirus https://www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing
  • This is good as links will be relevant to our members as this is a Scottish based service.
  • Includes links for practical issues such as claiming benefits due to coronavirus.
  • Link to free daily mindfulness session with the Mindfulness association.

NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/
NHS page is easy to follow as they break things down into 12 steps to look after mental health, such as stay active, look after sleep, keep a daily routine, etc. with links to resources.

NHS24 Living Life
https://www.nhs24.scot/our-services/living-life/
The Living Life service offers support to people in Scotland through guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy. You can access the service by referring yourself for an assessment by phoning 0800 328 9655 (Monday to Friday: 1pm - 9pm).

Breathing Space
https://breathingspace.scot/
A confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed.

General Advice and Support
West Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau
http://www.wdcab.co.uk/
West Dunbartonshire CAB offers general advice and assistance across a wide range of subjects to local residents. A fuller explanation of these is given in the advice section. Where we cannot help you, we will do everything in our power to give you the contact details of someone who can.

West Dunbartonshire Community Volunteering Services
https://www.wdcvs.com/
They currently have volunteers delivering food / medicine to people who can’t get out in their local area and we also have volunteers who are providing Telephone Befriending for those who are socially isolated. 

Online Training and Learning Resources


In case you are looking for something other than a box set and want to do your own home schooling - check out these links for free courses.
Training Body Information How do I Register? Link Cost?
NES Scotland WELCOME TO NHS EDUCATION FOR SCOTLAND – NHS Scotland's education and training body ensuring that patients and their families get the best healthcare possible from well trained and educated staff. Online https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/
 
Free
Future Learn Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Online https://www.futurelearn.com/courses Free
Free Courses in Scotland Supporting the professional development of individuals and businesses across Scotland Online https://www.freecoursesinscotland.co.uk/ Free
Virtual College
 
We lead the digital learning revolution with creativity and inventiveness, crafting training solutions that allow people, organisations, and communities to succeed and flourish. Type in “Free” in the website search box at the top left of the page to see courses that are free.
 
Online https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/
 
Some free, some have a cost.
Open University Everything on the multi-award winning OpenLearn is free to everyone!
 
Online https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Free
Counselling Tutor Supporting Counsellors in Study,
through Graduation and into Practice
Podcast, Authority Resources, Quotes and References
Online https://counsellingtutor.com/ Free
 

Notable Dates for April

1st-30th 
Stress Awareness Month

Check out these links below;
Mental Health Foundation (Guide on how to reduce stress) 
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-manage-and-reduce-stress
Stress Control Audio - Breathing, relaxation and mindfulness exercises that help reduce stress
https://stresscontrolaudio.com/home
Stress Control - Excerpt of the first stress control class in Clydebank
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7uaQguKTac&t=0s

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