Numerous organisations are offering support for those facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the challenges of life.

This comes in the wake of concerns created by recent events and by the local upsurge around #LetsChalkAboutMentalHealth.

They agree that supporting and acting to keep each other safe is our collective responsibility.

They are encouraging young people, parents, carers and everyone in our community to take positive action to support others to get the help they need.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are saying: “Having a difficult time? Need to talk? 24-hour contact numbers are available for support if you have concerns or are concerned for someone else – 01851 705 600; 07545 886438."

They add: “We have Street Workers on the streets around Stornoway on Friday and Saturday nights. They will introduce themselves to you and if you have any concerns for young people, please talk to them directly.”

Then there’s…

  • Community Chaplaincy Listening Service (CCL)  Tel. 01851 704704 ext. 2408
  • MindEd for Families - Information for young people and families following a traumatic event www.minded.org.uk/families/index.html#/id/56cc7831a55aa90a52727c3a
  • Cool 2 Talk (telephone counselling service for young people) – Information can be found at their website: www.cool2talk.org
  • Counselling & Family Mediation Western Isles: T: 01851 705600
  • Samaritans: www.samaritans.org.  Tel: 116 123 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Cruse Bereavement: www.cruse.org.uk. Tel:: 0845 600 2227
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87

At welovestornoway.com we would love to add more names of bona fide groups to this list…such as:

1) Fishermen’s Mission

We would like to add our details to the list of support groups you have on welovestornoway.com. We have over 130 years of experience in providing a wealth of support to fishermen and their families – from a cuppa and a heart to heart, to help with the benefits system.

Here are some of the ways we help:

  • Emotional support during bereavement, family breakdown or emotional difficulties
  • Combating loneliness and isolation by making home and hospital visits and arranging group activities.
  • Preventing poverty among retired fishermen and their families by helping with the benefits system and sourcing long-term grants
  • Immediate financial assistance for rent, food, utility bills, school dinners or school uniform
  • Emergency response to injured, ill or shipwrecked fishermen, 24 hours a day, every day of the year

Our Stornoway office covers from the Butt to Barra.

Stornoway Contact details are,

Telephone: 01851 704424

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.fishermensmission.org.uk