Supporting you to maintain mental wellbeing through challenging times. The Heads Up team are available for telephone support during our usual drop-in hours.
outwith our drop-in hours you can ring Samaritans 116123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note - We will require you to provide us with your contact details, date of birth and details of your GP if you wish to make use of our telephone drop-in.
Social isolation is not easy for anyone. If you find you are beginning to feel low in mood or your anxiety is getting the better of you, consider our TELEPHONE BEFRIENDING SERVICE. Ask Rose for further details.
Coronavirus has affected all our lives in many different ways. Self isolating and being indoors for much of the time can make us feel disconnected from the world and lead to distressing thoughts and anxiety.
You may be worried about your own health, or the health of your family and friends. You may be watching the news more often than usual and this in itself can heighten anxiety and distress.
Below you will find some on-line tools to support you through this difficult time.
Stress Control Online
Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then you may benefit from this NHS Scotland online Stress Control class.
This introduction to ecotherapy aims to help you take a break from your worries and concerns and tune in to the natural world. Mindfulness is the practice of being actively and purposefully aware of the present moment. Scientific evidence suggests that regular practice of mindfulness can be beneficial for mental and physical well being.
Ecotherapist Stephen McCabe will lead you through a series of exercises to help you enjoy the benefits that unfold when we take time to focus on the natural world and all that it has to offer.
Headspace have collated a collection of meditations, sleep and movement exercises to support us through the Covid crisis. It’s called ‘weathering the storm’ and is free for everyone. Click on the link for this fantastic range of simple and effective exercises
Art & Creativity
The arts too have a lot to offer in these difficult times. See below for some amazing initiatives. If you think art is not your cup of tea – go on TRY SOMETHING NEW and take this opportunity for growth and change.
The Summer Art Club is open to any adult living in the South West Edinburgh area who would like to do something creative and then share their ideas and work with others. They can be a complete beginner or already do arts & crafts activities.
Summer Art Club : More info >
There is a theme to help inspire people but we will be happy to see any creative ideas that people have. You will see that the flyer includes a couple of links. One will take you and those who you send the flyer to, to a short video demonstration on making a simple collage. The other link is to the Artspace 55 Instagram account, where you will be able to see the work created by those involved.
You don’t have to do a collage, you can send in a photo or be creative in any medium that you prefer. We will be delighted to see what hidden talent is out there and will share the work produced by everyone on the Artspace 55 page.