An Aberdeen charity is launching a mental health information and support helpline – but needs donated phones to get it up and running.
Mental Health Aberdeen is launching the service to offer crucial emotional support to anyone experiencing increased stress due to anxiety or feeling alone within their homes, often without much family in the near vicinity.
The helpline will also offer up-to-date information on other sources of help, as appropriate, and a listening ear to those in any kind of mental distress.
Last week the charity’s chairwoman Astrid Whyte told the Press and Journal it was impossible for society to “shut our eyes and ears” to how broadly the coronavirus pandemic could affect mental health.
To initiate these two new helplines – one in Lower Marr and the other based in Aberdeen at the charity’s main ACIS service – the team is in urgent need a good quality telephone set that has “an Ansa-Phone facility” and ideally five cordless handsets.
Bottles of hand sanitister or handwipes are also sought for staff who move between schools and homes to support vulnerable children.
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