We know that, after a full year of lockdown, people feel their reserves are running a little low – personally, at work, and in their communities. While this is a very hopeful point in the journey, we are living through a time of incredible change and stress, and we need to recognise that.
As part of our efforts to help everyone stay safe during this ever-changing time, we have created this page to gather information on the mental health support available in Falkirk. By bringing together as much information as possible into one place, we hope we can help those who need it.
Below is a list of contacts, groups, resources and services designed specifically to help.
Please remember: daily life has changed for all of us, and it can feel worrying, lonely and uncertain. It’s okay to not feel yourself, and it’s natural to feel nervous as things open up again and our lives start to get busier. If you feel you need help, please reach out.
Our team has pulled together a list of the mental health services available throughout our Falkirk communities, split into those providing immediate help and those who offer more general support.
The list is available to view or download as a pdf document (linked for your convenience); please share with anyone and anywhere you think people may need it.
Our friends at Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) – working with our partners at NHS Forth Valley, Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), Falkirk Community Planning Partnership (CPP), and Falkirk Council – has created a leaflet with information on mental health services available in Falkirk. The leaflet is designed to be shared digitally and as printed copies, whichever works best for you.
Scottish Government has recognised the impact the pandemic and lockdown restrictions has had on people’s mental health and wellbeing. They have created ClearYourHead.scot, a website full of resources, information and reassuring messages to support people in Scotland during this time, including how important it is to take breaks from news and social media.
The most important thing to remember is that daily life has changed for all of us in Scotland, and it can feel worrying, lonely and uncertain. It’s okay to not feel yourself, and it’s natural to feel nervous as things open up again and our lives start to get busier.
For further information, please visit the ClearYourHead website.
- Andy’s Man Club
Andy’s Man Club was set up in Halifax by the family of Andy Roberts after his death by suicide. The group provides per support for anyone who identifies as male or a man over 18 years old, encouraging them to talk and break down the stigma around men’s mental health and suicide.
There are now over 40 groups meeting weekly (currently online via Google Meets), with 6 groups in Scotland; they are keen to establish physical groups throughout the entire Falkirk area, with a number already planned for when restrictions ease. There is no cost to attend.
People who attend the group don’t have to be experiencing mental health issues or suicidal thoughts, and there is no commitment to return after one meeting. Everyone is welcome.
There are always 5 questions discussed at meetings, with the first 3 always the same:
- How has your week been?
- Something positive from the last week.
- Is there anything you want to get off your chest?
The group then takes a short break for tea and coffee, which is when members tend to share their own coping strategies and experiences. They then return for the last 2 questions, which tend to focus on reflective or positives.
For further information (including how to attend online groups, or donate), please visit the Andy’s Man Club website.
- See Me Scotland
See Me Scotland has been working to highlight how important it is for anyone who identifies as male or a man to be able to talk about how they feel.
Their recent social media poll found that 39% of men were worried about the reactions of others when talking about their mental health, while 30% said that not knowing who to talk to stopped them from opening up.
Additionally, the number of probable suicides in Scotland has risen for the second year in a row, with the majority of these being men, according to new data from National Records of Scotland.
As a result, See Me Scotland is looking at why talking about men’s mental health is important, and what they, and everyone, can do to help.
Societal expectations and stereotypes around having to be strong and “manly” play a role in why men are less likely to talk about their mental health, or seek help for their mental health problems.
See Me Scotland has a series of resources, information and links to help combat this stigma, including myths around men’s mental health, and where to seek help.
For further information, please view the full web article.