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Feeling the strain this winter?

The economic fallout of the pandemic, along with lockdown restrictions and what seems like a constant stream of bad news, has put pressure on our mental and physical wellbeing. If you are feeling the strain, a wide range of local support is available to help you.

Social care 

If you, or someone you know, needs some social care support over the winter please call the Health and Social Care Partnership's Access Team on 0345 30 111 20 or visit our Accessing social care for adults page.

Mental health support

If you feel you need some mental health support you can access local services by calling 0345 3011120. You may also find it helpful to talk to your GP, or may find it helpful to talk to you GP or NHS 24 (111). You can also phone one of the helplines below:

  • Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Childline: 0800 1111


PKAVS is a charity that helps over 5,000 local people through its hubs:

PKAVS can connect people to a wide range of local support organisations. Contact them on 01738 567076 or email them to find out how they can help you.

Support for the Gypsy/Traveller community

MECOPP is running a Mental Health and Wellbeing line where Gypsy/Traveller community members struggling with poor mental health, low mood and anxiety can speak to trained and professionally accredited counsellors on a referral basis. Referrals can be made by contacting Mhairi Craig on 07906 365 883.