‘Clear Your Head’ highlights the practical things people can do to help them feel better whilst staying at home, acknowledging these are worrying and uncertain times for many.
The campaign website – clearyourhead.scot – offers tips on how people can look after themselves if they feel things getting on top of them.
It’s important that we look after ourselves during the uncertainty caused by #coronavirus.
If you’re feeling worried, there are simple things you can do to help yourself feel better like moving more or sticking to a routine.
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) April 21, 2020
This includes things like keeping to a routine, staying active within the current guidelines, making time to do the things you enjoy, and keeping in touch with people.
The website also points to sources of advice including NHS Inform, and helplines including NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans – encouraging people to reach out if they need help.
Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said: “The restrictions on our lives, whilst vital, are undoubtedly tough, bringing feelings of anxiety, frustration and worry as we try to cope and adapt. It’s never been more important to look after our mental health, and this campaign has been launched to highlight the things we can do every day to feel better and stay mentally healthy.
“These are unprecedented times and it’s important that people know what support is there if they need to speak to someone. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, and hope this campaign helps people to take care of themselves as restrictions continue.”
Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL, said: “The SPFL is pleased to support the Scottish Government’s ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign. We know how important football is to so many people throughout Scotland – and how the shutdown is adversely affecting their happiness and mental health.
“Everyone at the SPFL is keen to get back playing as soon as we can do so safely, but in the meantime, we wish all Scottish football fans well during the Covid-19 outbreak and encourage everyone to visit www.clearyourhead.scot.”