Support helplines


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.

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 6pm - 2am, Friday 6pm - Monday 6am.


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Alcoholics Anonymous - 0845 7697 555
Alcohol Problems Advisory Service - 0345 626 316


Bereavment, Loss and Grief

Cruse - Day by Day Helpline 0844 477 9400 Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm
Young Person's freephone helpline - 0808 808 1677



Bully OnLine is the world's largest resource on bullying for all age groups
National Bullying Helpline - 0845 22 55 787 Open Monday to Friday 10 - 4, Saturday 10 - 2



Citizens Advice - see your local telephone directory 
National Debtline - 0808 808 4000 24hr helpline


Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Choose Life Suicide prevention in Scotland

Depression Alliance Scotland - 0845 123 23 20, Email support from (Inverness based self help support group- meets fortnightly at Volunteering Highland, 1A Millburn Road, Inverness, IV2 3PX, Tel: 01463 711393 on a Wednesday evening 7-8.45pm).

The Samaritans - 08457 909090

MIND National Association for Mental Health information line - 08457 660163 (local rate)

Action On Depression

Papyrus Preventing young suicide

SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder Association

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


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 027 1234



Talk to Frank - National Drugs Helpline 0800 77 66 00


Eating Relationships

b-Eat - 0845 634 1414,



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



The Spark Counselling and relationship support
Relationships Scotland - 0845 119 2020
LGBT Youth


Self Harm

SelfHarm -
Childline - 0800 1111
NHS Direct - 0845 4647
National Self Harm Network


Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Rape Crisis Scotland - 08088 010302
fpa Sexual Health Direct - Scotland 0141 576 5088
British Pregnancy Advisory Service - 08457 304030
Brook Helpline - Confidential advice for under 25s - Ask Brook 0808 802 1234