NHS Lothian reveal new website for Edinburgh residents struggling with their mental health
A free-to-use website dedicated to helping people in Lothian manage their mental health has been launched by the health board.
The new resource, Wellbeing Lothian, was designed by a team of NHS psychologists and practitioners and aims to help people navigate existing resources more effectively by providing easy access to information.
A wide variety of topics are covered from help with weight management and going through breakups to tips for better sleep and help controlling anxiety and depression.
It also offers information on how to access online courses such as computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for those who are interested in learning more about these techniques.
Dr. Donna Gilroy is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for NHS Lothian coordinated the development of the website.
Dr Gilroy said: “You can search the website for support on different things, such as improving your mood or coping after a break-up and find out more about normal reactions to these situations, which can help to reassure people. You can also choose whether you want to learn, assess, manage or get support about an issue or condition.
“We know people use different things at different times to improve their mental health. That’s why we’ve created a resource people can access when they need and where they feel comfortable.”
The website, which was designed with support from Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnerships, includes a section with links to relevant services and organisations in each regional area and beyond.
The information has been presented in different formats including video, audio and written text to make it easy for everyone to use this resource.
It is hoped this resource will help people struggling with their mental health during lockdown.
Director of Psychology NHS Lothian and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Belinda Hacking said: “The pandemic has been a source of worry and anxiety for most people. During these difficult times it’s vital that we take positive steps to look after ourselves.
“Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and managing our wellbeing is a really good place to start.”
Anyone can access the website online at wellbeinglothian.scot.