Here you’ll find links to a range of additional resources designed to assist you when dealing with issues related to mental and physical health, grief and financial concerns.
If you are feeling unwell, overwhelmed or stressed, then please remember that your employer should be able to offer help and advice and have measures and resources in place to support you. Please make sure to speak to your manager or company HR department in the first instance, to understand what resources are available to you.
We would also encourage you to speak to your GP, doctor or health practitioner who will be able to offer professional advice and direct you toward local specialist services.
Below are links to a range of additional resources offered by health services, charities and other organisations, designed to help you with issues related to mental and physical health, grief and financial concerns.
The NHS website offers support if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or just want to feel happier. A range of helpful resources are available, including mood self-assessment tools, mental wellbeing and audio guides along with a selection of articles and associated reading to help you manage your wellbeing.
The Headspace App delivers tools and resources to help look after your mind, with a focus on meditation, a technique that involves training your mind in awareness and achieving a healthy sense of perspective.
CALM is another app that delivers help to learn about the life-changing skill of meditation, with the aim of helping users to get more restful sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. There’s exclusive music to help you focus, relax and sleep, and video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching.
This anonymous, clinically managed community provides peer-to-peer mental-health support with 24-hour, 365-day access. There are a range of self-assessments and recommended resources, along with creative tools to help express how you’re feeling, and a wide choice of self-guided courses to follow at your own pace.
Bupa Feel blog
Bupa’s Feel blog provides health information to help you to take care of your mental wellbeing. Here you’ll find a wealth of free reliable information to help you in both your personal and professional life.
You can find advice from Bupa’s experts on a range of topics including work-life balance, burnout, understanding changes in a child’s behaviour, nurturing good mental health, and much more.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation has a range of content designed to give you more information about mental health generally, and to help you to look after your own mental health. They have podcasts, videos, inspiring stories and information about getting help if you're struggling.
Whatever you’re facing, a Samaritan will face it with you. Every six seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. They are there, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope or who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they help take action to prevent the crisis, giving people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others.
Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. Today, in over 60 communities they work with adults and young people providing mental-health social-care support. Their website provides access to a range of self-help and wellbeing resources.
See Me is Scotland's programme to tackle mental-health stigma and discrimination, funded by Scottish Government and Comic Relief and managed by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation. Working with people to change negative behaviour towards those with mental-health problems, their mission is to ensure that the human rights of people with mental-health problems are respected and upheld.
Teen mental health: A guide for parents
Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. Today one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health condition. See this teen mental health guide for parents here.
NHS - Live Well
The NHS Live Well website gives advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing, including how to eat well, find exercise that suits you, advice on sleep and tiredness, and much more to promote a healthy lifestyle.
BBC Good Food
BBC Good Food is all about good recipes and quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. There’s help here to improve your cookery skills or expand your kitchen know-how, from filleting fish to creating the perfect puffed up soufflé, storing and freezing foods, and tips on using a slow cooker.
Couch to 5k
Fancy taking up running but not sure how to start? The NHS couch to 5k programme gives you a week-by-week description for nine-weeks to set you up and get you running. The programme is designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability so they can eventually run 5km without stopping, and includes a range of resources including podcasts.
Dealing with the death of someone close to you can be difficult and worrying. You may need practical advice to help you cope, or someone to talk to about how you feel. If you think you might need extra support, your first step could be to see your GP – or another health professional you feel comfortable with – and tell them how you're feeling.
Scottish Government Bereavement Support
The Scottish Government Bereavement Support page has links to NHS Inform information on coping with grief, including counselling and therapy options, plus contact details for a range of support organisations.
The NHS UK website offers a good range of information and advice and links to external organisations including Cruse Bereavement Care.
Marie Curie Bereavement Support
Although some people are more comfortable talking to friends and family about their loss, some benefit from talking to a professional counsellor. This is sometimes called grief or bereavement counselling. Marie Curie has a range of resources on coping with grief and helpful signposting to where you can get additional support if you feel this approach would be of benefit to you.
Student Minds Charity
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental-health charity. They empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
The Young Scot website has information for young people about managing money, debt and budgeting for the future, provided in partnership with The Money and Pensions Service Youth Checkpoints Programme.
The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a charity which supports CAs, their dependants and prospective CAs who are in need. SCABA was founded in 1919 and since then has supported hundreds of ICAS Members and their families.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist individuals with money, legal, consumer and other problems.
The Money and Pensions Service
The Money and Pensions Service’s main objective is to develop and co-ordinate a national strategy to improve people’s financial capabilities. The service provides free money guidance and debt advice online and by telephone.
Money Saving Expert
Martin Lewis's free site saves you money. Beat the system on credit cards, shopping, special offers, mortgages, council tax, interest-rate payments, freebies and much more.
Parents and Families
Children First | Parentline
Every family needs a helping hand sometimes. From moments of crisis, to everyday challenges, Parentline can help. Visit their site for a range of support and advice.
Young Minds Charity
Young Minds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Their resources library is full of useful toolkits, publications, reports and policy information about children and young people's mental health.