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Resources for a mentally healthy workplace

  • Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression.  They provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.
  • Samaritans Provides 24-hour, confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing.
  • Shaw Trust Scotland is a registered charity helping Scotland’s citizens to create brighter futures through the delivery of a range of employment, learning and skills services. We have worked in Scotland for over 15 years and have delivery bases in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen,Falkirk and Perth.
  • Occupational Health provider (Dr Simon Kemp) would refer employees back to their GP to access specialist counselling, CBT or appropriate treatment. 
  • Local Counselling Services:  In certain situations, counselling can be arranged and provided directly by a local counselling service through Orkney Islands Council.  This need can be identified through a relevant Manager and/or in discussion with Human Resources.
  • Blide Trust offer counselling in partnership with a qualified Counsellor and Living Life to the Full, with Sheena Leask.

Dignity at work first contact officers

If you feel you are being bullied, harassed or unfairly treated at work but do not want to speak to your line manager about it, then a 'Dignity at Work First Contact Officer' can give you help and support.  You choose who you contact, they don’t have to be within your Service Area. 

We are currently updating our list of First Contact Officers and will publish a list of contacts soon – but help and support can be obtained through HR and OD meantime.

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