advice and resources

We have lots of practical advice, self-help tools and other useful resources below. Please click on the tab that you require.

Please contact us if you can’t find what you are looking for.

NEED HELP NOW

All of these services are free.

24 hour helplines

Call 116 123 or visit the Samaritans

Call 0800 838587 or visit Breathing Space

Young people – text YM to 85258 (Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.) or visit Young Minds or Childline

DEALING WITH CORONAVIRUS

Self care – visit Clear Your Head

Stay active – visit Picky Orkney 

Podcasts (enjoyed by our staff):

Finding happiness – tools & resources – visit Fearn Cotton’s Happy Place

Books, ideas & resources – visit Brene Brown Unlocking Us

Learn mindfulness – visit Oxford Mindfulness

Manage stress and anxiety

WHEN PARENTS SEPARATE

Deciding to separate is a very difficult time, and it’s important to think about what, when and how you tell your children about what’s happening. This will depend on their ages and the circumstances surrounding the separation. You can find advice here.

What children need

  • To know that they still have two parents who love them and are able to look after them
  • To be listened to by their parents
  • To be kept out of their parents’ fight
  • To be allowed to love all the people who are important to them

To learn more about what most children say here.

Find out about how we can help here.

RELATIONSHIPS SCOTLAND BLOG

Visit the Relationships Scotland blog for a whole range of information.

PARENTING HELP

Here are some helpful places to go for advice.

General parenting advice from Parent Club

Parenting and mental health from Mental Health

Advice around online safety and gaming from

NSPCC

Parent Zone

Net-Aware

Childline

Advice and help around gambling from the Gambling Education Hub

Local services – Home Start Orkney

HELP WITH ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Here are some helpful advice and tips to help you reduce consumption and stay safe.

Ways to stay safe – learn more here

Tips for when you feel the urge to drink – learn more here

Find out about how we can help here

Other useful advice and resources are available from

Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous

Coping during social isolation – watch here

Practical advice to help you communicate with your child about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs – learn more here

 

HELP WITH GAMBLING AND OTHER ADDICTIONS

Information, support and advice for those affected by gambling

Visit Gamcare

Visit NHS Inform 

Find out about how we can help here 

SELF HELP FOR ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND OTHER CONDITIONS

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help from Get Self Help 

Self-help – dealing with uncertainty from Psychology Tools

Looking after your/someone else’s mental health from

Mental Health

Mind

Useful apps:

Calm

Headspace

SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE

Staying connected – tech advice from Tech Radar

Supporting someone who uses drugs/alcohol – advice from SFAD

Advice and support for families affected by imprisonment from Families Outside

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
OTHER SOURCES OF ADVICE AND SUPPORT
HELP WITH DEBT OR MONEY WORRIES

MoneyHelper: Free, easy-to-use money tools, information and advice. You can also phone 0800 138 7777 to speak to a money expert, use typetalk at 18001 0800 915 4622, or add +44 7701 342744 to your WhatsApp to send a message.

Citizens Advice: Advice and information on debt and other topics.

AdviceUK: Member centres offer debt advice, including specialist advice for minority communities and people with disabilities.

National Debtline: If you live in England, Wales or Scotland phone 0808 808 4000 or visit its website for debt advice and information.

StepChange Debt Charity: Free debt advice throughout the UK phone 0800 138 1111 or visit the website.

Money Advice Scotland: If you live in Scotland. You can use webchat to speak to an adviser, or email webchat@moneyadvicescotland.org.uk.

Citizens Advice Scotland: For advice and information on debt and other topics, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or call the helpline on 0800 028 1456.

Business Debtline: If you are self-employed or a small business owner, phone 0800 197 6026 or visit the website for debt advice and information.

Legal Aid advice: You may get legal aid if your home is at risk. Check the website or phone 0845 345 4345.

Financial Ombudsman Service: If you have a complaint about a loan that you can’t resolve with your lender, the Financial Ombudsman Service may be able to help. Visit its website or phone 0300 123 9123 or 0800 023 4567.

Money Counts: Local advice and information about managing money and dept.

COUNSELLING, MEDIATION & FAMILY SUPPORT
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