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:
- NHS 24: 111 (open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day)
- Childline: 0800 1111 (open 365 days a year, 7:30am - 3:30am)
- Samaritans: 116 123 (open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day)
- Papyrus: 0800 068 4141 (open 365 days a year, 9am - midnight)
Below is a list of organisations offering a variety of forms of support.
Anxiety UK offers support, advice and information on a range of anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression conditions.
Call: 03444 775 774
Text: 07537 416905
Helplines are open 9.30AM – 5.30PM, Monday – Friday (except bank holidays).
Eating disorder charity who offer different support services depending on your age.
Call Youthline (Under 18s): 0808 801 0711
Call the Helpline (18+): 0808 801 0677
Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Online chat room.
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
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 7:30am- 3:30am.
Call: 0800 1111
Visit the Childline website for digital chat.
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
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. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org outwith these hours if you need support.
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: email@example.com (it can take up to 10 working days for a reply)
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
Young suicide prevention society.
9am – midnight every day of the year (weekends and Bank Holidays included).
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
SAMH Information Service
Seeking Support, information or for a chat about mental health.
Open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday (closed Bank Holidays).
Phone: 0344 800 0500
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
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.
Support for anyone up to 25 years old.
Their phone line is open 3pm - 12am every day of the year.
Call: 0808 808 4994
Their crisis text support service, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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 Forth Valley
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Mental Health & Wellbeing Wakelet
You might also find it helpful to check out this Wakelet that shares support for practitioners, parents, carers & young people.
This is a collection of links to materials stored online that can be used to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during COVID-19.