People in Ayrshire and Arran who are feeling anxious or who are struggling to cope being encouraged to seek support by the Scottish Government’s Principal Medical Officer for Mental Health.

Dr Alastair Cook reinforced that these continue to be tough and challenging times for everyone and encouraged those who need to speak to someone about how they’re feeling to access a range of free, confidential sources of help and advice.

Throughout January, the Scottish Government will be running campaigns across TV and radio to support those experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties.

The campaigns signpost help available, both online and over the phone, from organisations including Samaritans, Breathing Space and SAMH. They also provide hints and tips on how people can look after themselves, and feel better.

Dr Cook acknowledged that feelings of anxiety, worry and frustration are being felt by many people in Ayrshire, and encouraged people to make the effort to keep in touch with others, either over the phone, or in person, to help with feelings of stress and isolation.

For more information, visit nhsinform.scot/mind or clearyourhead.scot.