A NEW website has been launched dedicated to helping people throughout the Lothians manage their wellbeing.

Called Wellbeing Lothian, it contains information on the support and services available to help people with their mental health.

It was designed by an expert team of psychologists and practitioners at NHS Lothian, with support from health and social care partner-ships across the healthboard.

It aims to help people navigate the range of online self-help advice by providing a hub of free information and resources, including video and audio clips, easy-read guides and tutorials.

It also includes links to relevant services and organisations.

Dr Belinda Hacking, director of psychology at NHS Lothian and consultant clinical psychologist, said: “The pandemic has been a source of worry and anxiety for most people.

“During these difficult times, it’s vital that we take positive steps to look after ourselves.

“Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and managing our wellbeing is a really good place to start.”

Resources on topics from managing weight and sleep to dealing with anxiety and stress are available.

Information on how to access online courses such as cognitive behaviour therapy are also available.

Dr Donna Gilroy, consultant clinical psychologist for NHS Lothian, who co-ordinated the development of the website, said: “We know people use different things at different times to improve their mental health.

“That’s why we’ve created a resource people can access when they need and where they feel comfortable.

“You can search the website for support on different things, such as improving your mood or coping after a break-up, and find out more about normal reactions to these situations, which can help to reassure people.

“You can also choose whether you want to learn, assess, manage or get support about an issue or condition.”

The website can be found at wellbeinglothian.scot