Support helplines


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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

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  • 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


  • 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.


Depression, Stress and Anxiety

  • Shout - Free, 24/7 text support for people in crisis
  • Choose Life - Suicide prevention in Scotland
  • The Samaritans - 116 123 (free)
  • MIND - National Association for Mental Health information line - 08457 660163 (local rate)
  • Papyrus - Preventing young suicide
  • CAM Crisis Messenger - Text service providing free 24/7 crisis support. Text CAM to 85258
  • SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder support and advice
  • The CALM Zone - Preventing male suicide
  • Support After Suicide Partnership - Supporting people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide
  • SAMH - For Scotland's mental health
  • 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
  • OCD UK - The national charity run by and for people with lived experience of OCD
  • 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 ScotlandThis 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
  • Domestic Violence UK - A not-for-profit organisation set up to provide information, support and raise awareness on the issues of domestic and emotional abuse. Includes a free telephone counselling service


Eating Relationships

  • b-Eat - 0845 6341414 or
  • 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
  • Life Works - a guide to free eating disorders helplines in the UK


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


Self Harm

Sexual Health and Wellbeing