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Winter Wellbeing across the Lothians

7 December 2020

We have partnered with West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership and East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership to launch local wellbeing booklets for the festive period in each area.

The free booklets have been developed in response to the additional pressures that COVID-19 presents for people this winter. They look at the things people can do to look after their mental health and wellbeing from the comfort of their homes.

It includes resources to help people cope with the unique challenges that they are facing, like grief, loneliness and staying connected. It also brings together a range of helpful contacts and has some craft ideas.

Wendy Bates, Chief Executive at Health in Mind, said:

‘The festive period can be a really tough time of year. But this year, it’s going to look and feel different. It might be the first year we can’t celebrate it in person with our friends and family and are coming to terms with what a digital Christmas and New Year period will look like, we might be facing additional financial pressures, or feeling alone. That’s why we wanted to create the booklets to offer some additional help as we find our way through these tough times. It’s a reminder to try to find comfort in the little things, and to make time to look after yourself.’

Allister Short, Director of West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership said:

‘Within the Health and Social Care Partnership we understand the challenges that the festive period can bring for individuals across West Lothian. We all have mental health and at times throughout the winter months we need to work that little bit harder to manage it. The West Lothian HSCP work closely with Health in Mind to deliver a range of services across the local authority area and welcome the publication of the booklet today. The booklet should help you self-manage and if needed, access community supports and services to ensure that you can manage your own mental wellbeing and support others to do so also.’

East Lothian Integration Joint Board Chair Councillor Fiona O’Donnell said:

‘2020 has been a year like no other and lots of us may not really be feeling the Christmas cheer. The East Lothian Winter Wellbeing booklet will come in very handy on days when you are feeling a bit down, a bit worried or missing someone because of loss or physical separation. It offers things that you can do to lift your mood and tells you where to go for help, if you need it. I think it’s going to be really useful for lots of us. If Christmas is getting you down, make sure you get your copy – I think it will help.’

Sheena Lowrie Mental Health Development Manager Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership said:

‘We are delighted to partner with Health in Mind to produce this booklet recognising that Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time especially during times of uncertainty. We hope that people find the hints and tips and sources of support useful and enable us all to look after our mental health and wellbeing.'

The guides and full media releases can be found on the right of this page.

They can also be viewed and downloaded from our information websites.

Keeping well over the holidays, West Lothian: www.westspace.org.uk

Winter wellbeing, Midlothian: www.midspace.co.uk

Winter Wellbeing, East Lothain: www.eastspace.org.uk 

We also partnered with Thrive Edinburgh to produce the Coorie in for Christmas booklet.

If you are printing, we recommend that you select the option to print as a booklet.

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