These are extraordinary times. The potential of being infected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) hangs over us all, none more so than the country's front-line workers. Under lockdown, the mundane task of nipping out for a pint of milk sometimes seems like running a gauntlet as you queue outside your local Sainsbury's, before slaloming around the other customers inside. Apart from elderly relatives who recall cowering inside Anderson shelters in the back green, few of us have experienced such a universally stressful climate. As well as the danger to our physical health, this situation has a massive potential for impacting our mental wellbeing.
Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87) offer a confidential chat for anyone in Scotland over 16 feeling low, anxious or depressed.
Young Minds operate a text message service where you can get support with mental health by texting YM to 85258. They also offer a helpline (0808 802 5544) for parents worried about their child.
Childline (0800 1111) provides telephone support for anyone under 19, open from 9am-midnight every day.
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