What’s happening at FDAMH just now?
All of our services have continued to operate throughout lockdown, but with no face-to-face contact possible our services have had to adapt to continue to support you.
Our Immediate Help Service continues to be available as a first point of contact if you are in distress or are seeking help for your mental health. Whilst we continue to support people through a wide-range of issues, you are, of course, able to contact us due to distress caused by the Covid-19 situation. This service is normally delivered by phone.
Other one-to-one services at FDAMH use a mixture of telephone and online calls to deliver support to you, depending on your preferences. Education and social/activity groups have moved to online environments wherever possible. We’re pleased to let you know that feedback from clients using online and telephone support shows that it is working well. We recognise this remote style of service delivery might not suit you, but we still urge you to get in touch so that we have your details ready for face-to-face services reopening at a later date – you may even find the initial contact with us helpful.
Refer yourself or someone else using our online forms.
Or call us on 01324 671 600 during office hours.
Free online training from FDAMH to enhance your support and coping skills during the pandemic
Have you volunteered to help during the pandemic, or find that your role has changed and that you are now more involved in trying to provide support to others? Unsure about how to cope with those difficult situations and conversations?
Perhaps FDAMH can help. We’ll help you to:
- build on your own unique skills
- enhance your ability to listen and communicate
- consider how to keep boundaries in place and enable the people you are working with
- learn how to respond if someone discloses an intention to self-harm
- find other resources and sources of support
- and, of equal importance, provide you with top tips on how to care for yourself!
You can book your place on this FREE 1-day course using Eventbrite. Pop along to:
You will require this password: EcsEb17
Then simply select the course you wish to attend.
Our favourite resources to help you during the Covid-19 pandemic
This site offers a wide array of self-help resources based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) principles. They’ve put together a special page on the pandemic with links to resources you might find particularly helpful at this time.
Scotland’s Emergency website provides plenty of advice and information about the pandemic as well as linking you to other important resources.
National Assistance Helpline
If you have no one who is able to help you access essentials like food and medicine, you can call the NATIONAL ASSISTANCE HELPLINE. Call on 0800 111 4000. You can pass this number on to someone you are supporting or call on their behalf Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm. Please remember this helpline is dedicated to helping those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get help online.
A great roundup of Coronavirus-related resources from YoungScot, along with some activities and challenges to help get you through the pandemic.
If you are under 19 you can get in touch with Childline confidentially to access their support and advice services. Their website also has some great interactive tools for young people to use along with lots of information about wellbeing and imaginative, fun ideas for managing mood and anxiety.
A great round-up of all sorts of mental health resources for children and young people, not just websites, but apps, books and videos along with resources specific to helping with a child’s anxieties during the pandemic. Helpful for parents or carers supporting a young person.
Silverline is a helpline for older people and may be particularly helpful for older people feeling isolated at this time.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a UK organisation working to reduce suicide. The site has lots of useful information and some helpful tools to help you cope with all sorts of issues and the pandemic.
A special Coronavirus information hub with links to mental health information and good signposting to sources of support.
Helpful relationship advice to help you during lockdown and social distancing.
Get started with Mindfulness with this 28-day Mindfulness learning programme, each daily exercise is only about 10 minutes.
More resources and sources of help
You can find more resources curated by FDAMH here including helplines and local support organisations: