Ash Denham MSP is encouraging those across the Capital to look after the mental health during the coronavirus outbreak and has recommended a new Scottish Government website with some helpful tips to promote mental wellbeing.

The website is called ‘Clear Your Head’, which has been backed by Samaritans Scotland, and offers tips and ideas for Scots on the topics of staying healthy, staying connected, looking after yourself, creating routine and keeping moving.

As well as providing useful tips, the site includes links to other websites promoting wellbeing, such as the Paths For All and JogScotland, with advice on making the most of people’s daily form of exercise, and advice from NHS Inform,NHS 24, Breathing Space, Samaritans and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

The Edinburgh Eastern MSP said:

“The lockdown is and has been really tough for everyone across society and it’s ok not to be feeling in a great place mentally at the minute.

“But what this Scottish Government website can do is give the public ideas for keeping moving outdoors and indoors, creating a good structure and sleep pattern, managing online use, looking after yourself by reducing stress and staying healthy when it comes to food and drink.

“We are living in unprecedented times and so it’s never been more important to look after our mental health and to know where support is available when needed.

“This campaign and website is about the little things we can all do each day to feel better and stay mentally healthy. It can also point you in the right direction for further support, such as through the NHS and charities including Samaritans, Breathing Space and SAMH.”

Visit the website at To call Samaritans, they can be contacted for free on 116 123 at any time or day.



Ash Denham MSP is pictured alongside Mairi Gordon of Samaritans last year.

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