Breathing Space is a free, confidential and anonymous phone service available to anyone across Scotland. We are operationally managed by NHS24 and work in partnership to provide an accessible out of hours mental health service for people across Scotland.
Breathing Space advisors can listen, offer advice and signpost callers onto help in their local area. Call advisors are available 6pm – 2am (Monday – Thursday) and 24 hours at weekends (Friday 6pm –Monday 6am) on freephone 0800 83 85 87.
1st February was chosen to mark Breathing Space Day as it falls within a period in January and February known to be anecdotally associated with an increase in low mood, depression and winter blues.
The theme for Breathing Space Day this year is 'Well Wednesday'. The aim of the day is to get people thinking about what simple things they can do to improve their mental wellbeing, answering the question "How do you take your Breathing Space?"
The day also aims to raise awareness that the Breathing Space phone line offers a free and confidential listening and advice service to people who might be in distress.
The 'Well Wednesday' campaign is supported by Public Health Minister Michael Matheson and BBC presenter Kaye Adams and will be visiting Fir Park as one of the touring van stops to promote the importance of good mental wellbeing.
Coverage in November of the suicide of Wales Manager Gary Speed has heightened awareness of anxiety and depression in sportspeople. A recent documentary by cricketer Andrew Flintoff explored depression and the problems suffered in private by sportsmen. Boxer Frank Bruno, Celtic football manager Neil Lennon and All Blacks rugby union star John Kirwan have talked openly about their depression in the past.
12 Top Tips for Good Mental Health:
1. Keep physically active
2. Eat well and drink alcohol in moderation
3. Value yourself and others
4. Talk to others about your feelings
5. Keep in touch with friends and loved ones
6. Care for others
7. Get involved and make a contribution…volunteer in the community
8. Learn a new skill
9. Do something creative at home
10. Take a break and go for a short walk
11. Do not be afraid to ask for help
12. Have a faith or belief or spirituality