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Mental health campaigns highlight support available to people in Lanarkshire who are struggling

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Scotland's principal medical officer for mental health has urged those feeling the pressure to reach out for help.Dr Alastair Cook was speaking at the start of a month of activity from the Scottish Government to ensure people struggling to cope feel supported.That will see them running campaigns across TV and radio throughout January, with support at the heart of it.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android And Dr Cook backed the activity, saying these continue to be tough and challenging times for everyone.Encouraging people to reach out, he said: "The pandemic is continuing to affect all our lives, and many are dealing with difficult feelings and emotions."It’s so important to continue to prioritise mental health, particularly during times of uncertainty, and remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way."The government's efforts signpost help available, both online and over the phone, from organisations including Samaritans, Breathing Space and SAMH.It also aims to provide hints and tips on how people can look after themselves, and feel better.Dr Cook continued: “If you’re feeling low, overwhelmed, unable to sleep, struggling to get out of bed, or just not yourself, I’d encourage you to talk to someone about how you’re feeling as it can help lighten the load.“It might be a friend, or a family

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