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.
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING, FEEL YOU ARE IN A CRISIS AND NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE URGENTLY YOU CAN ALSO ACCESS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
Edinburgh Crisis Centre: www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
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: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/socialcaredirect
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 MentalHealthInformation@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.
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: https://bit.ly/3hfcnHX. 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 - email@example.com
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 (giveusashout.org)
Papyrus 0800 068 4141
For Young People struggling with suicide thoughts – also support Parents and Carers
On-Line Support & Websites
iThrive Edinburgh www.ithriveedinburgh.org.uk 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: www.llttf.com
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.
Info and tools to help with a variety of mental wellbeing issues including mood, panic, stress, sleep etc
Mood Gym: www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
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
Website providing information and support around children and mental health
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
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
Affordable counselling CBT and psychotherapy. Donation based
self-referral 0131 555 3436 E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselling Services (Offering Voluntary Donation/ Free of charge Options)
Please see: www.edinburghcounsellingagencies.co.uk
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 www.the-junction.org 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. email@example.com
Cruse Bereavement Care www.crusescotland.org.uk 0845 600 2227
National charity offering free, confidential help to bereaved people firstname.lastname@example.org
PF Counselling Service www.pfcounselling.org.uk 0131 447 0876
Provides counselling & psychotherapy in Edinburgh for people facing the difficulties of everyday life. email@example.com
Providing counselling support for those with post-natal depression and drug addiction
0131 225 6028
Hope Park Counselling Service www.ed.ac.uk/health/hopepark 0131 650 6696
Offering counselling to individuals (16 years+) living in the Edinburgh area. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saheliya www.saheliya.co.uk 0131 556 9302
Specialist mental health & well-being support organisation specifically for black & minority ethnic (BME) women & girls (12+) email@example.com
Health in Mind www.health-in-mind.org.uk 0131 225 8508
Charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing offering help across many differing sectors.
Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol www.elcaalcohol.co.uk 0131 337 8188
Offers help to anyone worried about their own or someone else's drinking
Lothian Deaf Counselling Service www.services.nhslothian.scot/DeafCounsellingService 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Counselling Services (Fee Paying)
SOME may operate a sliding scale according to circumstances
Relationships Scotland www.relationships-scotland.org.uk 0345 119 2020
Counselling, mediation & family support. Fee or donation, depending on which service use email@example.com
Contact Counselling www.contactcounselling.co.uk 0131 466 4597
Bright Light Counselling www.bright-light.org.uk 0131 556 1527
Offers a welcoming, safe, and confidential space to express thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellspring www.wellspring-scotland.co.uk 0131 553 6660
Group Support for men on a Monday evening 7pm
Email: email@example.com 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 www.victimsupportsco.og.uk 0131 668 4486 firstname.lastname@example.org
Health All Round www.healthallround.org.uk 0131 337 1376
Supports people living in Gorgie, Dalry, Saughton, Stenhouse & surrounding areas of Edinburgh, providing services focusing on physical, social & emotional wellbeing email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT Helpline 0300 123 2523 12 - 9pm Tues & Wed www.lgbthealth.org.uk
Details of support and community services email@example.com
VOCAL www.vocal.org.uk 0131 622 6666
Supports and empowers unpaid carers firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocard www.advocard.org.uk 0131 554 5307
Advocacy service; help in making your wishes clear in the service you receive. email@example.com
Edinburgh Carers Council www.edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk 0131 270 6087 For carers of those who use mental health services firstname.lastname@example.org
Grapevine www.lothiancil.org.uk 0131 475 2370 Text 0131 475 2463
Disability information service. grapevine@lothiancil/org.uk
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. www.turningpointscotland.com/edinburgh/
The Stafford Centre www.staffordcentre.org.uk 0131 557 0718.
Resource centre for people with mental health issues offering groups, drop-in, café & small counselling service email@example.com
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 www.mcfb.org.uk 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 www.drbells.co.uk 0131 553 0100 Supporting families in Leith & North Edinburgh
Firsthand Lothian www.firsthand-lothian.org.uk 0131 523 1322 Supports disadvantaged families & children with disabilities to achieve their full potential firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Help www.positivehelpedinburgh.co.uk 0131 225 4766 providing practical help to children and adults in Edinburgh who live with HIV or Hepatitis C
CAPS Independent Advocacy www.capsadvocacy.org 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 email@example.com
FINDING A COUNSELLOR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
FEES WILL APPLY
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
www.bacp.co.uk 01455 883300 firstname.lastname@example.org
COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) www.cosca.org.uk
01786 475140 Information on Services throughout Scotland email@example.com
Other Sources of Support
Healthy Active Minds: www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/health-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 www.beatingtheblues.co.uk
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.
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 https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/
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 https://www.homeenergyscotland.org/
*We try to keep this information list as up to date as possible however a service can cease, contacts can change and please know that a website may not be secure.