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Mental health & counselling


Action on Depression: Offers a range of services to help people affected by depression in Scotland, including phone and email support as well as courses and self-help support groups.  Helpline 0800 4 70 80 90 or 0808 802 2020 24hrs a day.

Counselling Directory: A website which contains information about different types of counselling and a searchable database of counselling services.

Scottish Association for Mental Health: Provides help, information and support for people with mental health problems. Work includes community based support services and an information service which can be accessed by phone, 0800 917 34 66, or email,

Samaritans: 24/7 emotional support by phone or email for anyone in the UK or Ireland.

NHS Inform: General health information with a searchable database of local support.

NHS24: Health Information and self care advice, Helpline - 111 open 24hrs a day

Breathing Space Scotland: 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. Helpline - 0800 83 85 87 Open weekdays: Mon-Thur 6pm - 2am weekend: Fri 6pm - Mon 6am

Mind Infoline: Information and advice on a range of mental health issues Hepline - 0300 123 3393 Open 9am - 6pm (Mon - Fri)

Scottish Recovery Academy: Raises awareness of recovery from mental health problems. 

No Panic: Helping people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders including whose who are trying to give up tranquillisers. Helpline - 0800 138 8889 Open daily 10am - 10pm

SANE: Provides care and support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers. Helpline - 0845 767 8000 18.00 - 23.00 daily

NHS Living Life: Atelephone service based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach available to anyone over 16 suffering low mood, mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.  NHS Living Life can be accessed either through GP referral or by phoning the number directly. Helpline - 0800 328 9655 (Mon-Fri 1pm to 9pm)

Anxiety UK: Support and help for those diagnosed with, or who suspect that they have an anxiety disorder. Also, help dealing with specific phobias. Helpline - 08444 775 774 Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm

Rethink Mental Health: Support and advice for people living with mental illness Helpline - 0300 5000 927 Mon-Fri 10am-2pm

Penumbra: Penumbra is an innovative Scottish mental health charity, working to improve mental wellbeing across the nation. We work to PROMOTE mental health and wellbeing for all, PREVENT mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’ and to SUPPORT people with mental health problems. Helpline -  0131 475 2380

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Action: Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Helpline - 0845 390 6232 Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm

Hearing Voices: Support for people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions  Helpline - 0114 271 8210

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): Set up in response to the high suicide rate among young men. Although targeted at young men aged 15-35 information and advice provided to anyone in UK regardless of age, gender or geographical situation. Helpline - 0800 58 58 58 Open 7 days a week 17.00 - 23.00

COSCA: Website has "Find a therapist" section for those seeking 'private' counselling.

BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy): Aims to provide a complete reference point for anyone seeking information on counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.