During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s important to have the right information. Getting news from unreliable sources can make you feel more upset and anxious, which is unhelpful when it comes to mental wellbeing. Reliable sources, like the NHS and the Scottish Government, will help you to stay calm and safe.
Go to these sources first for health questions. If you have mild symptoms, or you’re worried about being at risk, you can get online advice without needing to phone.
Remember, NHS 24 can’t provide individual mental or physical health advice on social media. If you need help, phone 111. If it’s an emergency, phone 999.
The Scottish Government provides advice and sources of help for businesses, parents, people travelling, and volunteers.
Ready Scotland is the official channel of the Scottish Government’s Resilience Division. It provides advice on finding extra support, and the help available for community groups. You can also find information on helping in your community and the best ways to shop responsibly.
Remember, when things are stressful it can be helpful to take a break from the news. Take some time to focus on looking after yourself and the people with you.