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Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Glenrothes and Central Fife MP, Peter Grant is urging people to

remember to look after their mental health

during this time of uncertainty. Mr Grant issues the plea after meeting with the team behind Positive You, a health and wellbeing service run in Glenrothes, prior to the restrictions being introduced last month.

Positive You allows people to talk to a support worker in a confidential setting and gives them the opportunity to discuss any issues that they feel are affecting their health. The Glenrothes and Central Fife MP is seeking to remind people that support services are still open and available to people but says that they will likely happen over the phone or through a video call.

The MP’s reminder comes after research conducted by Kings College London and Ipsos Mori was published last week and showed that 15% of adults surveyed were already finding the lockdown mentally challenging. That figure increased for people aged between 16 – 24 where almost a quarter of those surveyed said that they were struggling to cope with the restrictions.

Commenting, Mr Grant said:

“I want people to remember that most, if not all of the support services that were available to them prior to the lock down being in place are still operating. They might take a different form, such as over the phone or through a video link but help and support is still available for everyone who needs it.

“Good mental health is one of our biggest assets, so it is really important that we all take time to look after it right now. The statistics that have been released last week by Kings College London and Ipsos Mori are worrying, but sadly not surprising. I think we have all found these past few weeks extremely difficult trying to adjust to a new way of life, even if we rationally know that it will only be temporary.”

Adding, Hannah Grubb, Support Worker at Positive You said:

“You may be feeling worried and anxious due to the current and ongoing situation with Covid-19. I would like to remind you that myself and my colleagues are still working and available by phone. There are services in place that can offer with practical support and emotional support. Please do not hesitate in getting in touch. The Our Glenrothes Facebook pages has daily updates on self-care at home as well useful information for Glenrothes and surrounding area residents.”

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