Support helplines

This is not an exhaustive list of helplines. If you know of a good helpline let us know by emailing us at support@uhi.ac.uk. Please remember that UHI is not responsible for the content of external websites.

If you are worried someone might check what websites you visit, find out about web safety.

 

If you are worried someone may be suicidal, ask them. It could save their life. Choose Life (Suicide Prevention in Scotland) have produced a guide which gives advice and tips on spotting suicidal signs, and listening effectively. It also contains details of support groups and organisations which can provide further help and assistance; Art of Conversation: A Guide to Listening, Talking, and Reducing Stigma

 

Breathing Space Scotland, is a free and confidential phoneline service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to.

0800 83 85 87    Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 6pm - 2am, Friday 6pm - Monday 6am

Kooth, provides free, safe, and anonymous online support for young people, with access to counsellors during opening hours. There are also articles written by young people, and support from the Kooth Community.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 6pm - 10pm

Alcohol

Autism

  • Brain in Hand - Personalised support from your mobile phone, designed to reduce anxiety, help you feel safe, and increase independence

Bereavment, Loss and Grief

  • Cruse - Day by Day Helpline 0844 4779400 Open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm.    Young Person's freephone helpline - 0808 8081677

Bullying

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance - A coalition of organisations and individuals, working to stop bullying and create safer environments for children and young people
  • National Bullying Helpline - 0845 2255787 Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm
  • Stand Up To Bullying - Advice and guidance from the campaign behind the annual UK Stand Up To Bullying Day.

Debt

Depression, Stress and Anxiety

  • Choose Life - Suicide prevention in Scotland
  • The Samaritans - 08457 909090
  • MIND - National Association for Mental Health information line - 08457 660163 (local rate)
  • Papyrus - Preventing young suicide
  • SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder support and advice
  • The CALM Zone - Preventing male suicide
  • Elefriends - A supportive online community to listen, share and be heard
  • Blurt - Increasing awareness and underestanding of depression, and providing dedicated support             
  • Anxiety UK - National charity helping people with anxiety 
  • Buddhify - A meditation and mindfulness app, for use on the go
  • Happify - Techniques to help overcome stress and negative thoughts, and build resilience
  • Head Meds - Giving young people general information about mental health medication which may have been prescribed        

Domestic Abuse

  • Abused Men In Scotland – This is a national organisation working with men who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. Freephone from 7pm – 10pm 0808 8000024
  • Scottish Women's Aid
  • Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0800 0271234

Drugs

Eating Relationships

  • b-Eat - 0845 6341414 or help@b-eat.co.uk
  • Anorexia and Bulimia Care - A national UK eating disorders organisation which offers on-going care, emotional support, and practical guidance.                Helpline: 03000 111213   Open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm

Gambling

  • GamCare -Leading provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

Relationships

Self Harm

Sexual Health and Wellbeing