What’s happening at FDAMH just now?
All of our services continue to operate through the new strict lockdown period implemented on 4th January 2021.
The majority of our services continue to be delivered online or by telephone.
In-person appointments also continue to be available when essential. Due to limited space to allow for social distancing and safe working practices, face-to-face services are strictly appointment based and only for our most vulnerable clients who are unable to take part in services remotely. Such activity will, of course, be subject to ongoing guidance from local and national government.
It is important that you read our Safety Guidance if you have an appointment to visit the Centre.
If you are currently waiting for services and have specified you can only attend ‘in-person’ we will contact you about commencing with the service when a slot becomes available. In the meantime if you need help from us, please contact us.
For our other clients happy to use telephone and online services, we will continue to provide these and we have been pleased at how successfully this is working for those taking part.
We are all looking forward to a future when we can do most of our work in-person, but until then, if you have any concerns at all about using remote services or doubts over whether they could help you, please do talk to us about it.
Getting Help from FDAMH during the Pandemic
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. Currently, this service is normally delivered by phone but we can offer limited face-to-face appointments if necessary and as permitted.
You can also be referred or refer yourself directly to other services at FDAMH as normal:
Refer yourself or someone else using our online forms.
Or call us on 01324 671 600 during office hours.
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.
Falkirk’s Volunteer Centre has put together a list of local helpful resources to help you keep well during the winter. This includes sources of support for those self-isolating, struggling with finances and in need of food.
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: