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Mental Health


For Urgent Help and advice call NHS 24: FREEPHONE 111

This is an urgent out-of-hours health advice service, available when other sources of support are closed.

You can access this, on either a landline or mobile and it is always free of charge.

 GP out-of -hours services refer patients to this 111 number.


Edinburgh Crisis Centre:

Local confidential helpline and offers sensitive, one to one support and information on a primarily face-to-face basis. The centre also provides a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required.

Call Free phone 0808 801 0414

Text phone 07974429075


Social Work Emergency Service:

Free phone 0800 731 6969

Call 0131 200 2324

Royal Edinburgh Hospital: 0131 537 6000 - Please Ask for the Emergency Team.

Available 24 hours.

A nurse led team based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital,

For people experiencing a mental health crisis.

They will provide assessment and support and refer you to the agency or service that best your needs and liaise with your GP and other healthcare providers


Breathing Space Freephone 0800 83 85 87 Confidential phone line for when you are feeling low, anxious or depressed.

‘Pick up the phone, we're here to listen' Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am /Fri-Mon 6pm-6am


Samaritans Freephone 116 123 (open 24 hours)

"If you are struggling to cope, you can talk to us about whatever you are going through"

Some branches can offer facilities for you to come in and talk to a volunteer face to face

Edinburgh & Lothians 0131 221 9999 (local charges)


Mental Health Information Station Thursdays 10:30 am-3 pm

The Covid compliant DROP-IN service is open to the public every Thursday from 10:30 am-3 pm (no appointment is required) at 'A Sense of Some Place' in the

Walpole Hall (next to St Mary's Cathedral), Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW.

People can come along for a friendly face to face chat with a mental health professional to receive information and guidance on services, support and self-help options that are available in Edinburgh.

 Anyone can speak with NHS Mental Health trained staff on Thursdays 10 am–3.30 pm and on 0131 537 8688. For any questions related to Mental Health, people can email


Worrying about Money Information Sheet

A large number of people across the city are understandably anxious about their financial situation. The 'Worrying about Money?' Guide for Edinburgh is designed to help those experiencing financial insecurity to more easily identify and access appropriate financial support and advice. 

It is a step-by-step guide that: 

-Starts with the financial problems someone might be facing (Step 1)

-Explains the options available (Step 2)

-Includes contact information for who can help someone in each situation (Step 3)

 Edinburgh's 'Worrying About Money?' resource is online: It will be available in a variety of languages shortly.



Edinburgh Women’s Aid 0131 315 8110

Help and support for female victims of domestic abuse.

‘If our phone line is busy or closed please call our national 24 hour helpline 

Freephone 0800 027 1234’

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm Help & support for male victims of domestic abuse


Respect Helpline: 0808 802 4040 Mon–Fri: 9am-5pm Information & advice for people who are abusive towards their partners & want help to stop


Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre: Helpline 0131 556 9437

Free and confidential support, information & advocacy for women & girls (12+), having experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.


Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (TCLS) Call Freephone 0808 802 0406 Mon - Wed: 2-6pm Fri: 9am -3pm

 If you have experienced abuse as a child, you can access our free, confidential counselling


The Spark. Relationship Helpline Freephone: 0808 802 2088 Counselling enquiries 0808 802 0055


Parentline Scotland Freephone 08000 282 233 "whatever it is that is affecting your family, we are here to help "  Email -


Text SHOUT 85238 this is a 24/7 text message support from volunteers for anyone in UK needing support and someone to talk to.

Free, 24/7 mental health text support in the UK | Shout 85258 (


Papyrus 0800 068 4141

For Young People struggling with suicide thoughts – also support Parents and Carers

On-Line Support & Websites


iThrive Edinburgh is the online space for mental health and wellbeing information for all Edinburgh’s citizens.

Health in Mind maintains a directory (which used to be called Edspace but is now iThrive) of mental health and wellbeing information related to virtual, phone or in person support in Edinburgh. It outlines self-help options for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low, as well as lists helplines and listening services. It includes support for young people, and all the information can be translated into different languages and can be recited for some of them. iThrive is continuously updated, but do consider signing up for their newsletter to get all the latest updates directly.It also has a dedicated Covid-19 section.


Living Life to the Full:

Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety. A life skills course that aims to teach how to tackle the demands we meet in our everyday lives.


Wellbeing Lothian

Info and tools to help with a variety of mental wellbeing issues including mood, panic, stress, sleep etc

Mood Gym:

Free online cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) course to learn how to prevent and cope better with symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Mental Health NHS inform :

General information to identify, treat and manage mental health problems and disorders


For Children

Website providing information and support around children and mental health


Useful Apps

Feeling Good App

Downloadable app which helps to overcomes stress, low mood and worry/anxiety through Positive Mental Training. The app includes short videos and audio recordings to help deal with mental stresses and strains in order to become a more resilient and stronger thinking person.

Password: See Feeling Good App section on this website in the Further Information Section

Headspace App

App you can download which focuses on mindfulness, positive thinking and alleviating stress from demands of everyday life



App to improve happiness and wellbeing


My possible self 

App that takes a holistic approach to wellbeing



Projekt 42 

Affordable counselling CBT and psychotherapy. Donation based

self-referral 0131 555 3436 E mail:

Counselling Services (Offering Voluntary Donation/ Free of charge Options)


This website offers and easy to follow, detailed list of Counselling Agencies in Edinburgh, including their contact details, waiting lists & times, costs/free, and location.

The Junction 0131 553 0570

Safe, friendly, confidential centre offering various health related services & support for young people aged 12-21 in Leith and NE Edinburgh area. Includes drop in counselling service and one to one support.


Cruse Bereavement Care 0845 600 2227

National charity offering free, confidential help to bereaved people


PF Counselling Service 0131 447 0876

Provides counselling & psychotherapy in Edinburgh for people facing the difficulties of everyday life.


Providing counselling support for those with post-natal depression and drug addiction

0131 225 6028



Hope Park Counselling Service 0131 650 6696

Offering counselling to individuals (16 years+) living in the Edinburgh area.


Saheliya 0131 556 9302

Specialist mental health & well-being support organisation specifically for black & minority ethnic (BME) women & girls (12+)

Health in Mind 0131 225 8508

Charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing offering help across many differing sectors.


Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol 0131 337 8188

Offers help to anyone worried about their own or someone else's drinking


Lothian Deaf Counselling Service Freephone 0800 804 7462 (voice) Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

Counselling service for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deaf blind adults living in Lothian areas.


Venture Trust

Outdoor therapy service combining talking with the full range of benefits of being in nature.

Free for 16-25 year old and ex-service personnel - 0131 228 7700


Counselling support for the Polish speaking and Eastern European communities.

Donation based for those on low income


Provide support to anyone living with someone with Additional Support for Learning, or living with some with mental health or addiction issues

0808 196 6666

Edinburgh Counselling Services (Fee Paying)


SOME may operate a sliding scale according to circumstances


Relationships Scotland 0345 119 2020

Counselling, mediation & family supportFee or donation, depending on which service use

Contact Counselling 0131 466 4597


Bright Light Counselling 0131 556 1527

Offers a welcoming, safe, and confidential space to express thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life

Wellspring 0131 553 6660


Peer Support

Andy’s Man

Group Support for men on a Monday evening 7pm 

Email: to get group details 


Peer Support for Parents/Carers

Vocal offering peer support to parents/Carers supporting a young person age 11-25yrs with mental health issues


Health in Mind

Offer a peer connecting service and a listening space for joint support around mental health.

ORGANISATIONS offering Help, Information & Support but not specifically counselling.


Victim Support 0131 668 4486



Health All Round 0131 337 1376

Supports people living in Gorgie, Dalry, Saughton, Stenhouse & surrounding areas of Edinburgh, providing services focusing on physical, social & emotional wellbeing


The Health Agency 0131 453 9400 Seeks to enable people living in the Wester Hailes area to take action that makes a positive impact on their own and their community’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.


LGBT Helpline 0300 123 2523 12 - 9pm Tues & Wed

Details of support and community services


VOCAL 0131 622 6666

Supports and empowers unpaid carers


Advocard 0131 554 5307

Advocacy service; help in making your wishes clear in the service you receive.


Edinburgh Carers Council 0131 270 6087 For carers of those who use mental health services

Grapevine 0131 475 2370 Text 0131 475 2463

Disability information servicegrapevine@lothiancil/


North East Edinburgh Recovery Hub 0131 554 7516 Drop-in services for people affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.


The Stafford Centre 0131 557 0718.

Resource centre for people with mental health issues offering groups, drop-in, café & small counselling service


One Parent Family Scotland 0131 556 3899

Counselling, for single parents as well as digital support, employment advice and social groups and activities


Multi-Cultural Family Base 0131 553 4313 / 0131 467 7052

Promoting the wellbeing & life opportunities of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families.


Dr Bell’s Family Centre 0131 553 0100 Supporting families in Leith & North Edinburgh


Firsthand Lothian 0131 523 1322 Supports disadvantaged families & children with disabilities to achieve their full potential


Positive Help 0131 225 4766 providing practical help to children and adults in Edinburgh who live with HIV or Hepatitis C


CAPS Independent Advocacy 0131 273 5116. Works with mental health service users to assist in setting own agenda, find a stronger voice, and influence decisions which affect their





British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 01455 883300


COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)

01786 475140 Information on Services throughout Scotland


Other Sources of Support


Healthy Active Minds:

Exercise support for people with mild to moderate low mood, anxiety and depression. A 12 week physical activity action plan will be agreed along with one to one consultation and support from specialist project staff.

 A free Edinburgh Leisure card will entitle you to free access to swim, gym and fitness class visits at off peak times for a 12 week period in Edinburgh Leisure facilities. Discounted leisure card prices apply at other times and for other Edinburgh Leisure activities.

A program will be developed to suit your lifestyle and needs, and can incorporate different forms of physical activity.

Your options include, but are not limited to, walking, swimming, gardening, gym and fitness classes.

Speak to your GP about a referral if you are interested.


Telephone Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)               

Living Life offer a free telephone based self referral service for help with low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Work with a qualified therapist through a series of 6-9 telephone sessions.                                                                                                                                             

Call: 0800 328 9655         Monday - Friday 1pm-9pm        Free from a landline                      



Beating the Blues

A Computerised Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) based course available by referral from your GP. This can be done at home or in a centre of your choice.

The Course is supervised by the Mental Health Team at Royal Edinburgh Psychiatry Hospital.

This includes eight modules which you work through and to help reduce anxiety, worry, low mood and recurrent stress. Speak to your GP if you are interested in this.


Other Supports


Support with Food.

Please see link Worker or GP’s at practice for food bank vouchers

3 days food with the Trussell Trust (various churches in Leith)

6 weeks food voucher with Edinburgh City Mission Ebenezer United Free Church Wednesdays 11am-2pm (see link worker) 

Support with finances, Debt and Energy 

CAB Dalmeny Street

0131 510 5510

Scottish Welfare Grant

Community Care grants for people under pressure or following homelessness

0131 529 5299

Home Energy Scotland

Offering support if you are at risk of disconnection, grants 

0808 808 2282


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