Helpful links

There is a lot of information to navigate online - some sources are better than others. For up-to-date quality information try some of these links. Social Media is also a helpful way to keep up to date with a rapidly evolving situation but remember not all social media accounts are accredited, and there can be misinformation and confusion - try to fact-check if you can, check the source of the information, check the date of the information, and cross check against other sources. It is helpful to be up to date, but it is also essential to switch off and look after yourself - we'll be posting some Wellbeing pages as soon as we can - meantime see links at bottom of list

NHS Inform - for up to date advice on how to protect yourself and others, managing symptoms, self-isolation, shielding, and general health advice.

BSL information on NHS Inform, specifically around COVID-19

  • There are also some helpful myth busting BSL videos on the BDA site, and regular updates on the BDA facebook page

Shetland Islands' Council Coronavirus Support for Communities pages

The Scottish Government - for up to date advice and guidance from Scottish Government.

Health Protection Scotland - for guidance around infection prevention and control in healthcare and other settings.

Concerns about someone at risk of Domestic Abuse or Gender Based Violence?  See

Parent Club - information for parents and families, including advice on talking to your child about Coronavirus, ideas from other parents on keeping occupied while staying at home, and a Coronavirus Kids Q+A with teh First Minister

Healthy Working Lives - for guidance for employers.

Online Isolation note - if you can't be at work and need a note for your employer.

Hame-aboot Taegither facebook community group

Support for Self-Isolation Shetland facebook community group

SAMH - for Scotland's Mental Health, advice on staying well during self-isolation, or periods of increased work and stress.

Ready Scotland -  more information for you if you want to help but don't know where to start

Staying active at home - there are lots of resources out there, including this great channel wiht exercise videos from the Shetland Recreational Trust

Advice from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists on staying active at home, designed especially for older or inactive people just getting started

AbilityNet - free technical help, support and training for all software and gadgets for anyone 55 or over, or anyone with a disability

Follow NHS Shetland and Healthy Shetland on facebook for general updates, and tune in to Chief Executive Michael Dickson's Facebook or Twitter (you don't have to be a friend/contact) on Wednesday evenings 7-8pm for a live Q+A broadcast