18th March 2020
By Carolyn Lochhead, Head of Public Affairs and Communications
This time last year, we were running our Testing Times campaign on exam anxiety, offering support to young people across the country as they dealt with the challenging exam period.
This week, we’d expected to launch Testing Times again: and then the world changed.
We know that many of us are experiencing anxiety right now. Whether we are feeling isolated because we’re staying at home, or working in a role that means we have to keep going out, this is a new and difficult time for all of us. At SAMH, we won’t pretend we have all the answers, but we want to help take care of Scotland’s mental health in these worrying times.
So we’ve put together a web page with as much information as possible. Our aim is to offer support and information to everyone who is feeling anxious right now.
How can we stay connected even if we need to stay at home? What can we do if we feel our mental health deteriorate? How can we support our loved ones, who may be far away? These are the questions we’ll be trying to answer over the next few weeks.
But we can’t do it alone: as well as putting together our own advice, we’ll be sharing helpful tips and suggestions from other charities, organisations and individuals. You can find all of this at samh.org.uk/coronavirus, and on our social media channels.
These are testing times, no doubt. But the only way to get through it is together. We’ll do our best to help.