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Keeping you up-to-date with local mental health and wellbeing events and news in West Lothian.
Call out to service providers in West Lothian!
 
Get in touch and let us know what your service is doing to support people during the festive period next month. You can email julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508 and leave a message for Julie.  
 
This week is Self Care Week 2020. This week aims to raise awareness of what we can do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing. The Self Care Forum has put together some tips for practising self care.
 
Tips for practising self care
Student Space can help students find the support that you need during the coronavirus pandemic. It provides:
  • access to dedicated support services for students, by phone or text
  • information and tools to help you through the challenges of coronavirus
  • information about support available at universities across the UK
Student Space is managed by Student Minds.
 
Student Space

The One2One advice service based at the Advice Shop is still open for referrals to assist people with benefit, housing and debt issues.

Although currently unable to provide our normal face to face delivery, the service is still available to support people with poor mental health using other methods of contact; such as by telephone, emails and virtual meetings.

One2One advice service
The Feeling Good: positive mindset app is completely free to those in Lothian. This relaxing audio app can help you take time out for yourself so you feel more rested, helping you cope better, sleep better and feel better.

Unlock all the app tracks with the in-app referral username of edinchpf1 and password positive. If you have any concerns, please speak to your health professional/GP.
 
Feeling Good: positive mindset app
West Lothian will be moving into Covid-19 local protection level 4 on the 20 November. You can access information about level 4 restrictions on the Scottish Government website. 
 
Covid-19 local protection level 4 restrictions
Eat Well Age Well are pleased to be introducing their new malnutrition advice line. The line will open from 1 December and will provide practical tips and advice about how to stay well-nourished for older people aged 65 years or over living at home who have a poor appetite and/or are experiencing unintentional weight loss. 
 
New malnutrition advice line

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence starts on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and ends on 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Check out the events and activities happening throughout Scotland on the Improvement Service's website. 
 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Bridge to Support (delivered by Scottish mental health charity, Health in Mind), is running online events over the coming weeks that focus on the ‘5 Ways to Winter Wellbeing’. The sessions will look at practical tools and tips that people can use this winter to look after their mental health, focusing on the 5 ways to wellbeing: Connect, Keep Active, Give, Keep Learning and Take Notice.

The sessions will also update people and provide information about Bridge to Support, which is here for survivors living in Scotland of childhood abuse by a Jesuit, a member of their staff, or a volunteer.

5 Ways to Winter Wellbeing
The 5 sense scan exercise can help distract you from difficult emotions and allow you to feel more grounded and present. You can write them down, say it out loud or just go through each one in your head.
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you can touch
2 things you can smell or taste
Take 1 deep breath.
Do you feel more calm and present?
 
We are continuing to update our Covid-19 service updates page, which contains information about service changes in West Lothian during this time. It also contains helplines, email support and online resources.

Please email your service changes or any changes you're aware of to julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk.
 
Covid-19 Service Updates
The Get Help Now page on Westspace has a list of local listening and emergency services which can provide information and advice for those who require immediate help.
 
Get Help Now
Remember to check out our
self-help page
 
This page is full of self-help materials that are tailored to help manage your symptoms and guide you to identify coping strategies.
 
Self-help
To be included in our next newsletter, or if you would like us to attend an online meeting, please get in touch:
call 0131 225 8508 or email julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk
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