Clear your head (December 2021)

15 December 2021

This time of year can feel a bit much. But there are easy things people can do to make themselves – and others – feel better this winter.

The Scottish Government’s Clear Your Head campaign aims to help people cope during the winter period, providing people with hints and tips on how they can look out for themselves.

These include staying in touch with friends and family, doing nice things for others, and making time to get out in daylight for some fresh air to give you a lift.

Along with a range of tips, the campaign website signposts to sources of help and advice, including NHS Inform, and helplines including NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans for those who need to talk to someone about how they’re feeling.

Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart, said:

“These have been challenging times for all of us, and feelings of worry or uncertainty are understandable as we head into winter. It’s more important than ever to look after our mental health and wellbeing. This campaign highlights the things that we can do to look after ourselves, and each other. Remember that help and support is available if you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling.”

To find tips on how to look out for yourself and others this winter, visit

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