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For help with financial struggles and other COVID-19 related support you can contact the Citizen’s Advice Bureau on www.cas.org.uk or on 0800 028 1456 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

The Samaritans are available to listen, whatever the problem, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help on 116 123 or at www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/

NHSInform is available on www.nhsinform.scot for information relating to your physical health and/or your mental health, including the longer term effects of COVID-19 if you are experiencing those.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health is available for support, information for you or if you just want to have chat about mental health on www.samh.org.uk or on 0344 800 0550 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Young Scot provides access to mental wellbeing tips, resources and helplines for young people aged 11 to 26 at https://young.scot/get-informed/national/how-to-look-after-your-mental-wellbeing

Parentline offers support and information for parents/carers on a range of topics including coping with stress and where to find support if you have money worries. The Parentline website at https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/ offers opportunities to talk to someone via a webchat or by calling free on 08000 28 22 33 from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday or between 9am and noon at weekends.

Age Scotland are available to support older people, their carers and their families in Scotland, with a free helpline available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (call 080012 44 222). Information, advice and support, including on how to access services that help with topics such as independent living and legal advice, can be accessed via their website at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland.

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland offer support and one-to-one counselling for anyone who has been bereaved.  You can get in touch by email at support@crusescotland.org.uk or there is a phone line available from 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Fridays. You can find more information and support on their website at http://www.crusescotland.org.uk.

Ready Scotland provides contact details for the National Assistance Helpline (food, pharmacy delivery, financial, isolation support) and a wide range of support organisations related to both practical considerations (such as financial and business support), physical health, mental health organisations, domestic abuse and sexual violence and help for groups such as parents and carers, those who are pregnant, older people and more. See https://ready.scot/coronavirus/get-help

Find Business Support offers information for businesses and those who are self-employed on topics such as accessing grants and funding, with dedicated advice for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot