Two national helplines have teamed up to turn the spotlight on the support available to Scots who are feeling down.
Tony McLaren (Breathing Space/ Living Life National Coordinator) and Andrew Sim (Samaritans’ Executive Director for Scotland), will be cycling 600 miles across Scotland, visiting as many Samaritans Branches and Mental Health Support Centres as they can over seven days.
On Wednesday left Edinburgh Waverly Station at 8.30am and visiting Bonnyrigg’s Midlothian Menshare projectbefore calling at the Selkirk Samaritans centre at Selkirk . They also called at Moffat and the Dumfries branch of the Samaritans.
As well as promoting the work of Samaritans and Breathing Space, the bike ride is highlighting the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing.
Tony and Andrew’s ride takes place during Mental Health Awareness Week (May 12-18), which has anxiety as its theme this year. The two different services both offer people someone to talk to when things are troubling them. Samaritans volunteers are available round the clock, offering people a safe space to talk off the record. Breathing Space advisers offer free, confidential support where they will listen and offer advice to anyone feeling low, stressed or anxious.