Council project aims to beat the winter blues

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:16 on 10 December 2014.
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Agencies team up to promote new guidance.
NORTH Lanarkshire Council has teamed up with NHS Lanarkshire, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland to help make sure that people don’t feel ‘snowed under’ this winter.

Representatives from each of the agencies and organisations met earlier this week, in a shared effort to launch North Lanarkshire Council’s new winter campaign – “Feeling snowed under”, which aims to help people beat the winter blues.

As part of the new project, a new booklet providing information and advice to help people deal with pressures such as debt, stress and loneliness over the festive period has been produced, and will be offered to people who might otherwise need comfort and support over the festive period.

Backed by NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service, the North Lanarkshire Council-led project is supported by various local and national businesses, such McDonalds, local pubs, clubs, hospitals, hotels and bookmakers – most of which will have copies of the help booklet to distribute.

Bobby Miller, Head of Community Care for North Lanarkshire Council commented: "The information booklet gives guidance about surviving the pressures of Christmas including managing your money, looking after your health and about services which can help.

"At Christmas there is an expectation to have fun, spend lots of money and be surrounded by lots of friends and family.

"However, for many of us the reality can be very different. We hope this campaign can help people manage the stress some feel at Christmas, and help others watch out for the signs of stress and depression."

Lindsay Kerr from the Scottish Ambulance Service added: "Feeling snowed under is a great idea and we fully endorse it. Our crews work all year round including Christmas day and we often see how stressed people become."

In addition to being picked up at key locations throughout Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire, it can also be downloaded online through www.elament.org.uk/snowed. 
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