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Reassurance in Mental Health Awareness Week

THIS is Mental Health Awareness Week and sight loss charity RNIB Scotland is reminding people of the emotional reassurance and practical help it offers during the Coronavirus lockdown. Its Need to Talk telephone counselling service remains available in Dumfries and Galloway for anyone diagnosed with sight loss, as well as families, friends and carers. "Losing some or even all your sight can be devastating news to take in," says director James Adams, "but our trained helpers can support you in coming to terms with your condition and finding the way forward." The charity is concerned the lockdown situation might be affecting people who are blind and partially sighted, many of whom which are older, particularly hard. "The uncertainty over access to basic shopping and medication, to information in accessible formats, the social isolation, the barriers to being guided because of social distancing - these can all add and compound to the mental and emotional stress people are experiencing," said Mr Adams. "As well as our Need to Talk service, the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 is available for anyone with sight loss and we continue to organise a range of social and leisure activities over the phone and social media. We want people with sight loss to know they are not alone and that help is available." See also www.rnib.org.uk/scotland

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