Who to Contact for Mental Health Support

If you or somebody else is needing a bit of emotional support, it can be a little scary knowing what to Google, who to turn to and what you can do to manage your emotions in a healthy way. It’s important to talk to someone about how you are feeling. This could be a family member or friend, your GP or by calling a helpline.

Remember if you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999.

There are a range of organisations who can offer immediate support with your mental health:

Below is a list of organisations offering a variety of forms of support.


Eating disorder charity who offer different support services depending on your age. 

Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Online chat room

Breathing Space

Free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 2am and Friday to Monday 6pm-6am.

Call: 0800 83 85 87

Calm Harm

An app to help teenagers manage or resist the urge to self-harm by providing a wide range of distraction techniques.


Support for anyone under 19 years old.

Open from 9am-midnight.

Call: 0800 1111


Cruse Bereavement Care

Operates a free helpline for those dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Open Monday and Friday 9.30am – 5pm, Tuesday – Thursday 9.30am-8pm.

Call: 0808 808 1677 

Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk

LGBT Youth Scotland

Live chat on their website three times a week where you can chat directly with trained youth workers in real-time about whatever is on your mind.

Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.

Text: 07786 202 370

Open Monday- Friday.

LGBT Foundation

Operates a helpline offering non-judgemental support and advice on a range of topics.

Open weekdays 9am-9pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

Call: 0345 3 30 30 30

Email: helpline@lgbt.foundation

NHS Inform

Self-help guide on anxiety


Parental and child mental health support.

Open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends. 

Call: 0808 800 5000

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk


Young suicide prevention society.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays

Call: 0800 068 4141.


Emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

SAMH Information Service

Seeking Support, information or for a chat about mental health.

Open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday.

Phone: 0344 800 0500

Email: info@samh.org.uk


Text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. A place to go if you are struggling to cope and need immediate help.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Text: SHOUT to 85258

Sleep Scotland

If you're struggling with your sleep, Sleep Scotland can provide support. Email them initially to arrange a phone call.

Open Monday - Thursday 10am - 4pm

Email: sleepsupport@sleepscotland.org

The Mix

Support for anyone up to 25 years old.

Open 4pm-11pm.

Call: 0808 808 4994

Text: Text THEMIX to 85258


Young Minds Crisis Messenger

Text message service for young people looking for help and support with mental health.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Text: YM to 85258


If things are getting too much and you are struggling to cope, you can get help from Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).  You can find details of what your local NHS can do to help you here.  

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

NHS Borders (Scottish Borders)

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Bòrd SSN nan Eilean Siar (NHS Western Isles)

NHS Fife

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Grampian

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

NHS Highland

NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lothian

NHS Orkney

NHS Shetland

NHS Tayshire