Chill Out- It's Chilly!
We understand that the festive break might be a difficult time for many of you. It is important to remember that this is just one part of the year- you can get through it and 2016 will bring so many new things!
Unfortunately LGBT Youth Scotland is closed from 22 December 2015 until 04 January 2016 so we have gathered some tips from our Youth Workers, Young People and other Staff to help you CHILL OUT when IT'S CHILLY OUT!
In an emergency...
We all need help sometimes and if you think it is time to call the emergency services- it usually is! If someone's life is at risk then the police, ambulance and fire service will see this as a prority and you should always call them if you need to.
Remember that mental health can be an emergency too. Don't hesitate to call 111 (NHS24) for advice or 999 (Emergency First Aid) if you or someone you are with needs immediate help.
If someone has ingested alcohol or other drugs and you are concerned for their wellbeing- call an ambulance and tell them exactly what has happened (even if you are worried that they or you might get in trouble) so that the medical team have the best chance to help them.
If someone is unconscious then always call 999.
You are not alone...
If you need to chat then there are people who will listen. Christmas and New Year can be hard for many reasons but don't feel like you have no one to turn to.
The Samaritans- The Samaritans are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can email them firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI).
Childline- Childline has counsellors who can chat to you by email, phone, 1-2-1 Chat. Their number is free to call and with most mobile networks the number won't show up on your bill. You can call 0800 1111.
Mental Health Online...
Mental Health is something that can affect other parts of your life- education, work, relationships, friendships and your home life. If you are looking for some online help for mental health then you might want to look at this NHS library of apporved websites. The page includes websites and apps that can help you with things like depression, panic attacks, stress and sleep management. Read more here.
One of the websites mentioned is Big White Wall which is available for free through the NHS in some areas or through some workplaces or univerisities and colleges.
When using apps and online sites- be sure to look at any subscoptions that may be required before signing up. Many services will charge for some features.
The NHS website also has a Mental Health Zone online with information pages which can help you understand different kinds of mental heallth issues that you might be facing better. You can read more about that here.
For a Scottish perspective on mental health and wellbeing you can also visit Aye Mind which is a new online platform for young people aged 13-21. Aye Mind collects information and resources to be shared online, through apps, social media and other digital platforms.
More tips for mental health and wellbeing