Help while leaving lockdown

Look after your family’s mental health as restrictions ease

A happy family hiking in the woods
Getting out for a walk in a small group can be a great way to reconnect

A national mental health campaign launched to help families during the coronavirus pandemic is now sharing advice on how to cope with the easing of restrictions.

Many Scots of all ages will undoubtedly feel nervous or even overwhelmed about the country opening up again and life starting to get busier, but health experts say that this is perfectly natural.

To make things easier, the Clear Your Head initiative – which highlighted practical steps people could take to help them feel better during lockdown – is now offering tips to help us while we reconnect with one another, plus advice on where to get more information and support.

The recommendations include trying to be active every day – such as a family walk or bike ride – spending time in nature, talking to others about your feelings, taking deep breaths if you feel overwhelmed, and getting in touch with family and friends before meeting up in person.

Get support

If you need to talk, helplines include NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans.

For more advice, support and contact numbers, visit