Helpline for advice and support related to harmful substance use and behaviour
Harmful use of alcohol, pharmaceuticals, drugs and gambling may increase when our day-to-day habits change. Help is rapidly available if you are anxious about your own self-medication, or that of someone else. You may obtain help anonymously.
Distance working has to a large extent functioned extremely well. It has been possible to rapidly reconfigure our operations to new ways of working and procedures, in accordance with the many and frequent decisions that have been taken during the spring term as a consequence of the advance of the corona pandemic. However, much has changed now that we have activated distance mode and are working from home: our professional and private lives are disturbed; anxiety increases about what may happen in our surroundings both near and far; and our professional and private social contacts are reduced. This feeling of uncertainty creates stress and may increase the probability that a person will use self-medication in the form of alcohol, pharmaceuticals or drugs, or by gambling.
If you need someone to talk to about harmful use or behaviour, your situation or your consumption, or if you are anxious about another person, you can call the Alna helpline on 0771-575810. Alna is owned by Feelgood, LiU’s supplier of occupational healthcare.
The helpline is open weekdays 8 am-5 pm, and will be available until 2 October 2020. You can contact Alna for advice and support in managing your situation or consumption, or to discuss concerns for a colleague. Such contact is unlimited, anonymous and free of charge.
If you are feeling anxious, you can find more information about what LiU as employer can do for you at the LiU coronavirus website.
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2020-06-05