Be aware on Breathing Space Day

Breathing Space Day, which takes place on Saturday, February 1, is an annual awareness-raising day and encourages Scots to take some time out to do something positive for their mental wellbeing.

This year’s event celebrates 10 years of the Breathing Space phone line which is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. It provides a safe and supportive space by listening and offering callers advice and information.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘stay connected’ encouraging people to keep talking and sharing any anxieties they may have.

There is a multitude of ways to stay connected with friends and family these days, whether it’s face-to-face, by phone, text, email or online. Breathing Space Day this year hopes to encourage people to stay in touch and to keep talking, listening, loving, learning, reading and to keep physically fit.

Dr Deborah Gray, senior health promotion officer at NHS Tayside, explained: “It is just as important to look after your mental wellbeing as your physical health, but all too easy to forget it in busy daily life.

“Breathing Space Day is a good reminder to us all to take some time out to look after ourselves. Something as simple as a lunchtime walk is good for all aspects of your health.”

The Breathing Space phone number is 0800 83 85 87 and the website address is