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Our Edinburgh Services - Covid-19

Covid-19 has turned life upside down for many of us and this can lead to us feeling stressed, worried or upset.

Would you like to talk to someone about how you are feeling and learn tools to understand and manage your emotions?

We are working flexibly with people and can offer support in a range of ways. If you would like to talk to someone about support or for further information please contact us. Call 0131 225 8508 or email contactus@health-in-mind.org.uk

This page includes the latest updates from our Edinburgh-based services. It will continue to be updated, so please do keep checking in.

Life After Lockdown Workshop

For many of us, COVID-19 has turned life upside down. We are running a 6 week workshop for those livng in North West Edinburgh around coping with "life after lockdown". You can come and practice things that can help us feel less stressed and overwhelmed. The sessions are as follows:

18 August: Breathing

25 August: Self-care and habits

1 September: Take notice

8 September: Thinking styles

15 September: Control and boundaries

22 September: Resilience

Sessions will be on Zoom from 1.00-2.45pm. For more information and to register, email Anna Chmiel at Anna.Chmiel@health-in-mind.org.uk

Online Wellbeing Course

We are holding a free online course for those looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Start date: Tuesday 2 June

Time: Tuesday, 6.30 - 8.00 pm

Platform: Zoom 

This 8-week online course will explore different tools and stategies that we can use in order to make positive changes which will impact on our general state of wellbeing. This course is appropriate for those who;

  • Have a general interest in wellbeing or
  • Are looking to reduce levels of anxiety/stress or
  • Experience low mood/suffer from mild to moderate depression.

To register your interest or to find out more, contact Stuart; Email: stuart.cameron@health-in-mind.org.uk Call 0131 225 8508 and ask to speak to Stuart.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) online course 

If you are based in Edinburgh and would like to build your own WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), we have a 6 week course beginning on Tuesday 2 June 1.30-3.30pm.

Contact Hayley.chandler@health-in-mind.org.uk for more information. The course will take place on Zoom.

Bridge to Support

www.bridgetosupport.org.uk

Bridge to Support is here for survivors in Scotland, of abuse by the Jesuits or their staff.

To access the service or if you have any questions, you can call us on 0131 243 0136 or email bridgetosupport@health-in-mind.org.uk.

Edinburgh Counselling Services

To support people who use our services during this time, we are currently offering telephone counselling sessions for our  Counselling for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Service, North East Counselling Service and South East Counselling Service.

This option isn’t suitable for everyone, and some people have opted to put their counselling on hold until face to face counselling is available but to give clients further options, we are also offering video counselling.

All new clients who are ready to start counselling will be offered telephone or video counselling until face to face counselling resumes.

If you need any further information please contact our counselling team who will be happy to answer any of your questions. Email counselling@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508 and ask to speak to a member of the Counselling Team.

Edinburgh Depression and Anxiety Support Group

The Depression and Anxiety Support Group is a friendly user-led support group and it's open to any adults affected by depression, low mood, stress or anxiety.

It offers the opportunity for confidential local support, contact with others in a similar situation and the opportunity to explore positive ways of coping with depression.

How to access the service
No referral is required. People are welcome to drop-in to the groups.

At present, meetings will take place using the platform Zoom. We encourage people to attend using video if possible but if you do not have access to the internet it is possible to phone into the groups.

To join a session or if you have any questions, please email edinburghselfhelp@health-in-mind.org.uk before 3pm on the day you would like to attend. Each session will be 50 minutes for up to 8 participants and a peer facilitator.

If you need to phone in to the group please call us on 0131 225 8508 and leave a message including your name and contact number and please state that you would like to attend the Edinburgh Anxiety and Depression group. A staff member will call you back to arrange for you to join a session on the day of the group meeting.

Dates and times
Mondays from 7.00 – 8.00pm
29 June; 13 and 27 July; 10 and 24 August (Augustine group)

Mondays from 4.00 – 5.00pm and 5.00 – 6.00pm
6 and 20 July; 3, 17 and 31 August (North West Edinburgh group)

Tuesdays from 7.00 – 8.00pm
7 and 21 July; 4 and 18 August (Methodist Church Group)

Edspace

www.edspace.org.uk

Edinburgh's online source of mental health and wellbeing information.

Edspace has a new Covid-19 section where you can find service updates for mental health and wellbeing services in Edinburgh. The page can be found online here.

If you have service changes, please email them to julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508 and ask to speak to Julie.

Equal Access 

Our Equal Access service supports people from ethnic minority communities who face additional cultural and language barriers and help them develop positive mental health and wellbeing.

We have moved online using the platform Zoom.

  • We are providing online group support sessions every Tuesday from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm where you can learn stress management, IT skills, and coping skills for various mental health challenges.
     
  • We are also providing one-to-one support to digitally connect with local communities, groups and services, taking into account your cultural and language needs.

We can also provide internet access, equipment and support to learn IT skills as neeeded. To register for the group sessions or for further information, please contact Rahila Khalid on rahila.khalid@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 07730220109.

Guided Self-Help

Our Guided Self Help Service in Edinburgh is still taking referrals but they must be by email only from GP’s and GP Link Workers.

We are currently providing the Guided Self help service via telephone.

GP’s can email Lothian.EdinburghGSH@nhs.net to make a referral.

Lothian Deaf Counselling Service

Lothian Deaf Counselling Service provides a free confidential counselling service for those aged 18 or over who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or deafblind throughout Lothian who will benefit from a counselling service specially designed to meet their needs.

To support people who use our service during this time, we are currently offering video counselling.

We understand this isn’t suitable for everyone, and some people have opted to put their counselling on hold until face to face counselling is available. 

All new clients will also be offered video counselling until face to face counselling resumes.

If you need any further information please contact our counselling team who will be happy to answer any of your questions. Email deafcounselling@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508 and ask to speak to a member of the Counselling Team.

The Listening Space

Our Listening Space service, a space for positive mental health and wellbeing in Edinburgh, has moved online on Wednesday afternoons using the platform Zoom.

We offer:

  • A space for you to speak to a peer listening volunteer one to one (1.00 - 1:30pm)
  • An online peer support group to share, listen, and support each other. Discussions and activities exploring how we can look after our mental health and wellbeing (1.30 - 3.00pm)

For more information and to sign up, contact Jenny Green: jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk.

For those who have limited or no access to the internet, we can also arrange for you to dial-in from your phone.  Call or text Jenny on 07733 899 283 for more information.

One to One peer support

Our peer volunteers continue to offer support to those already in contact with the service, by phone or video call. 

This service is currently at capacity  but please do still get in touch if you are interested and would like support as we may have other services that may be of interest. Please contact Jenny Green on jenny.green@health-in-mind.org.uk.

Peer Collaborative

Updates on how people can access peer spaces in Edinburgh during the Coronavirus (covid 19) crisis will be added to our Edspace page. If you have an update on your peer service or group please email peer@health-in-mind.org.uk and it will be added to the list.

re:discover

re:discover, our face to face connecting service, has temporarily changed to distance working during Covid-19 restrictions. re:discover is now supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing through offering social support and wellbeing tools via phone and video calls. Our trained volunteers will now:

  • Provide social support via weekly phone of video calls of between 30-60 minutes
  • Support people by using the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a foundation
  • Be curious about each person’s interests and hobbies and will seek to find resources for them to explore that from home
  • In line with the person’s needs and wants, linking them into online groups and resources, potentially by initially ‘attending’ with them

We are not currently open to referrals but please do still get in touch if you are interested in re:discover and would like support as we may have other services that may be of interest.

Resolve

To keep supporting people who use our Resolve service, we are now offering telephone and video counselling. We understand that this isn’t suitable for everyone, and some people have opted to put their counselling on hold until face to face counselling is available.

All new clients who are ready to start counselling will be offered telephone or video counselling until face to face counselling resumes.

If you need any further information, please contact our counselling team who will be happy to answer any of your questions. Email counselling@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508 and ask to speak to a member of the Counselling Team.

More information about Resolve Counselling can be found here.

Trauma Counselling Line Scotland

Our Trauma Counselling Line, a free telephone counselling service for adults who experienced abuse in childhood, is continuing as normal.

More information can be found here.

Trauma Support Services

Our Trauma Services are accepting referrals via email and will offer initial assessment and appointments by phone at present. Please be aware that both have extensive waiting lists.

Pathway Men
Practical and emotional support for men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse or men who have experienced rape/sexual abuse or domestic violence as adults. We provide support to develop coping strategies, build self-confidence and reduce stress and anxiety.

Pathway Women
Practical and emotional support for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We provide support to develop coping strategies, build self-confidence and reduce stress and anxiety. This service is available to people living in North West, South East and South West Edinburgh.

You can self-refer or be referred by someone else to either of these services.

The referral form, risk assessment and contact information can be found on our website here.

Wellbeing Space (South Queensferry)

Do you feel low, anxious or isolated? Would you like to join a supportive group with others in a similar situation? The Wellbeing Space meets weekly and it allows people to share, listen and connect with each other.

The group currently meets every Thursday at 12.00 - 1.30pm on the online platform (ZOOM).

To join an online session or if you have questions, please email our Support and Development Worker, Anna Chmiel, at anna.chmiel@health-in-mind.org.uk or call 0131 225 8508 and ask to speak to Anna.

Mental Health Information Station

During this time, the Mental Health Information Station will offer general mental health advice and information by telephone every Thursday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Call 0131 537 8688 and ask for the Mental Health Information Station or email mentalhealthinformation@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

This page was last updated 5 August 2020

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