Coronavirus Support

Looking after your own mental, emotional, and physical health whilst adjusting to the ‘stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives’ rule is a new challenge that we are all facing. For some, that might be that they find themselves on their own and others will be in lockdown with their family. This is all at a time of great health uncertainty, strict social rules, and loss of usual routines. There is an added pressure to quickly learn new IT skills to keep in touch with work, family, and friends, maybe even learning to home school. We hope that the following support and advice we have put together here will be of use to everyone. We will review and update this regularly so please email us if you find something we can add. We will also share these links on our new Facebook page.

Please note: Third party videos and other links shared here are for general information only and do not necessarily represent the views of Relationships Scotland Orkney. They are not a substitute for professional advice and support, but may be helpful to you. If you would like to find out more about how we can support you please click here or contact us on on 01856 877750 or enquiries@rsorkney.org.uk and we will get back to you. 


Support for adults

Several national mental health charities have dedicated support and advice about managing your life and maintaining your mental health through the pandemic:



Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

Mental Health Foundation

Breathing Space

Relationships Scotland

Clear Your Head


Self-help exercises and articles:

Get Self Help

Psychology Tools

‘FACE COVID’ How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr Russ Harris

Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty - Psychology Tools

Oxford Mindfulness – currently offering a free online mindfulness course

Tips and advice for health, social care and psychotherapy workers on managing your own stress


Support for children and young people

Young Minds


Support for young people, including support for survivors of sexual violence


Parenting support

Parent Club

Tips for separated parents

Talking to your children about Coronavirus:

Parent Club

Mental Health Foundation


Substance use

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous

Maintaining Recovery from Addiction in Social Isolation - YouTube film


Support for families affected by imprisonment

Families Outside


Gaming Disorder Support Services and Resources
NSPCC Online Gaming: advice and information with telephone support
Childline: advice and information, online chat support, telephone support with counsellors
ParentZone: parents guide to gaming, information and advice
Net-Aware: information on games/apps/networks
Internet Matters: information and advice

Gambling Support

Gambling Education Hub

GamCare UK


Apps for mindfulness and meditation to relieve stress and tension, improve sleep and/or manage anxiety and depression 




Podcasts (enjoyed by RSO staff)

Fearne Cotton - Happy Place

Brene Brown - Unlocking us

Russell Brand - Under The Skin 

Giovanni Fletcher - Happy Mum Happy Baby 


Feeling Connected – best ways to chat online

Best chat apps



Local live exercise classes that can be done from your living room 

Pickaquoy Centre Facebook Page

Fatburn Extreme & Gamefit Orkney

Yoga Orkney


Local support services

VAO Information Hub

Women’s Aid Orkney

Orkney Rape and Sexual Assault Service

Home Start

Citizens Advice Bureau

Age Scotland Orkney


Orkney Young Carers

Advocacy Orkney


Orkney Blide Trust

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