Mind provide a guide to taking the first steps to seeking mental health support. They can help you make empowered decisions and get the right support for you.

Seeking help for a mental health problem



No matter what you or your family are going through, the Samaritans are waiting for your call. You can get in touch with them at 116 123 for free. They're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Learn more about them using the link below:

Samaritans: We're waiting for your call



If you would prefer not to talk but want some mental health support, you could text SHOUT to 85258Shout offers a confidential 24/7 text service providing support if you are in crisis and need immediate help.


Every Mind Matters

We all have mental health.  Every Mind Matters understands that. So, they've set up a website to provide you with expert advice, practical tips and support.

Every Mind Matters: Mental Health Issues


SANE provides emotional support and information to families, friends and carers over the age of 16. Offers a textcare service that allows you to arrange for messages of support at times that are right for you. Details:


Helpline: 0300 304 7000 (4pm - 10pm every day of the year)

Website: www.sane.org.uk/

Email support: support@sane.org.uk (responses within 72hrs)


National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK

The National Suicide Prevention helpline offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (6pm to midnight every day). If you’re unable to connect to this number, you can call us on 0800 689 0880


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk. Or if you prefer not to speak on the phone, you could try the CALM webchat service.


Breathing Space

It helps to talk to someone when our thoughts and feelings overwhelm us. The Breathing Space helpline is open 24 hours on weekends and 6pm - 2am on weekdays. It's available for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16.  All calls are confidential 0800 83 85 87. Learn more about Breathing Space below:


NHS 24

You can call 111 or 999 or critical health support - including mental health support - outside of GP opening hours.


Additional NHS Scotland support

If you live in Scotland, and you think you or a family member may have a mental health condition but aren't sure how to identify it? NHS Inform can help you learn about various mental health conditions and the treatments available.

They also provide some fantastic self-help guides for people with mild-to-moderate mental health symptoms.

NHS Inform: Mental Health

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