Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. It can cause a cough and/or a fever/high temperature.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully.

NHS Inform

South Lanarkshire Council

Psychological Service

Covid-19 advice and support.

What for?

Advice/phone consultation for additional support at this time.

Who for?

School staff/other professionals, parents/carers and young people.

How to contact:

Phone: 01698 455800, 10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday (leave a message)

Email SLC Psychological Service

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Scotland of The Distress Brief Intervention service (DBI)

On 14th April the First Minister announced that expansion across Scotland of the Distress Brief Intervention service (DBI) –

This gives people over the age of 16 who are in emotional distress the opportunity to speak to a member of trained staff from a voluntary organisation background about their problems. Supervised contact is offered within 24 hours of referral for up to 2 weeks. The DBI worker provides compassionate listening and problem solving with the person in distress, involving family as appropriate. They can introduce the person to any additional necessary service and assist the person in making contact with those services. At the end of the contact the person creates a distress management plan to be shared with their GP, and any other service or person appropriate.

The DBI programme has already been operating since 2017 in 4 pilot areas – Inverness, Aberdeen, Lanarkshire, Borders and the Associate Programme area of Moray, with over 7,000 people receiving DBI support and has had a positive interim evaluation. It is not a substitute for existing services but is an addition. It provides rapid, sustained but brief support for anyone in distress who does not need an alternative emergency service thereby reducing demand on primary care and other front line services. In the 5 current areas referrals to DBI come direct from primary care, emergency departments, police and ambulance services and this will continue. For the first time the National extension takes referrals through NHS24 Mental Health Hub direct to DBI in the 5 current sites since 13th May and from across the whole of Scotland from 8th June.

The DBI programme is keen for your members to know about it, given that GPs will be notified by NHS24 when a referral is made to DBI and will receive notification from the DBI service about the outcome of referral. 

If you would like more information contains good information and the national programme manager is Kevin O’Neill at NHS Lanarkshire, who can be contacted via the DBI Central Team: [email protected].