Better Your Health

Better Your Health

Important health services available when and if you need them

During these times, a lot of health-focus is on Covid-19. That doesn’t mean that other health conditions have stopped or are less important. Here is a list of health service support that is available to you when and if you need it. Don’t be scared to reach out for the help you need to the right service.

Quick Contacts

Here is a quick contact guide to various services that you might find useful.

Samaritans UK

116 123

Macmillan in Lanarkshire

01698 332631 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

Macmillan Cancer Support

0800 808 8000

Breathing Space

0800 83 85 87

Childline Scotland (under 19s)

0800 1111 (9am – Midnight daily)

Who Cares? Scotland

0775 604 7389 | 0754 533 7152 (Kinship Care Line) | 0756 824 2965 (Mon-Fri only)

Alzheimer Scotland

0800 808 3000

Lanarkshire Carers Centre

01698 428090 | 01236 755550

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

0808 801 0899

More About These Services and Others

Find out a bit more about the services mentioned above as well a few others that we think could be important for you.

Macmillan in Lanarkshire

Macmillan in Lanarkshire are currently offering a telephone support service at present (rather than being able to visit them in libraries) providing emotional, practical and financial support for those affected by cancer in North and South Lanarkshire. Contact 01698 332631 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm), or email

Support and advice are also available by calling Macmillan Cancer Support’s UK-wide support line on 0808 808 000. The line is open seven days a week from 9am – 5pm.

Alternatively use the Service Directory on NHS Inform – search for activities and services in your local health board area and use the Click to Be Contacted button for your information to be passed on confidentially.

Information on cancer and the Coronavirus is available on Macmillan Cancer Support’s website at Peer support is also available from the charity’s online community. Open 24-hours a day, the online community lets people with cancer and their loved ones talk to others in similar situations.

Don’t forget that lots of the Macmillan publications are always available via our BorrowBox eBooks services.


Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Funded and delivered by the NHS.

0800 83 85 87 – Monday – Thursday 6pm – 2am, Friday 6pm – Monday 6am


Clear Your Head

Clear Your Head is a partnership between Healthier Scotland, NHS Scotland, Breathing Space and Samaritans Scotland to pull together resources for everyone in Scotland as we face this coronavirus outbreak. It contains lots of tips and ideas around looking after yourself, creating routines, healthy living, keeping moving and staying connected.


NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lanarkshire’s pages have information about services in North Lanarkshire, reflecting changes that may be in place during the Coronavirus.


Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, working with care experienced young people and care leavers across Scotland. They have support lines available for those who are Care Experienced and worried about Coronavirus, These can be accessed on:

Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm

Call or text:

0775 604 7389

0754 533 7152 (Kinship Care Line)

0756 824 2965 (Mon – Fri only)



Age Scotland

Age Scotland have a free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families in Scotland. 0800 12 44 222. Their website also provides lots of helpful guidance and resources.



SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) have a lot of guides and resources available on their site including self-help resources.


Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland’s website contains a lot of helpful information and advice (see the Living with Dementia section). Also, the Information During Coronavirus link on the homepage has a lot of helpful videos and resources. Alzheimer Scotland also provides a 24-hour freephone helpline 0800 808 3000.


Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Lanarkshire Carers Centre works with and for carers to develop and deliver services that make a positive difference to their lives. Their website has information relating to Caring and Coronavirus in its Information/Resources section.


British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation have information about keeping healthy when you can’t go out. Tips and hints on eating well, including a recipe finder, as well as a 10 minute living room workout are amongst the resources here.


My Diabetes, My Way

My Diabetes, My Way is NHS Scotland’s interactive diabetes website to help support people who have diabetes and their family and friends.


Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland have gathered information including a number of Coronavirus-related factsheets to help those affected by chest, heart or stroke conditions.


NL Leisure

Our colleagues in NL Leisure have home workouts on their website and Facebook page. They’re also now offering online personal training plans.


Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet are running online classes each week for people living with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and dementia, as well as Regenerate classes for people over the age of 60. They’ve also added a Family class on a Friday. Classes are livestreamed at 11.30am each day (Mon – Fri) – these can be accessed later via the Scottish Ballet Facebook page (no need to have an account).



Aliss (A Local Information System for Scotland) allows you to search for groups and services in local areas. Although these groups may not be operating at present the website links/contact details can be used to check for updates.

Health Talk is a patient experience site where people share their health experiences. You can search or browse through an A-Z of health topics.


Open University

The Open University have pulled together a collection of mental health and wellbeing resources.


Get Access to Library Services During Your Hospital Visit

The library services of North and South Lanarkshire jointly created a leaflet available here or on the CultureNL Libraries BorrowBox service which highlights all of the library services which are available to people during a hospital visit. Find out more our website page listed above.


Lanarkshire Mind Matters

A new website run by NHS Lanarkshire Adult Psychology Services. It aims to link you to mental health information, advice and help, wherever you live in Lanarkshire.