Vulnerable and older people could be feeling more isolated and lonely over the coming weeks, with Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance advising people to limit social contact.
Staying in touch, whilst protecting family, friends and loved ones is important and can make a big difference to people who are feeling alone at this time.
For many, the telephone will be the easiest and most accessible way to keep in contact. Keeping in touch digitally, through video chat, whatsapp groups, instant messages or texts may also be an option for some.
The following organisations can also offer support:
Breathing Space Scotland
0800 83 85 87 - advisors are available in the evenings (6pm - 2am) and at the weekends (24 hours) for anyone feeling low, anxious or isolated
The Silver Line
0800 4 70 80 90 - friendship and advice 24 hours a day for older people
116 123 - volunteers who will listen or talk through your worries (available 24 hours)
Mind - practical advice and checklists on your wellbeing in relation to coronavirus
Mental Health Foundation - information on topics such as stress management and keeping active during the coronavirus outbreak