Help in a crisis
We can help point you to resources and organisations that can help in the event of a crisis.
If you feel your life is in imminent danger or need emergency assistance, you should call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital.
Through helplines run by volunteers, Samaritans offers emotional support available 24 hours a day.
Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Open to any Edinburgh resident who is 16+ and experiencing a mental health crisis.
A text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
Not in the UK?
If you’re not in the UK and need mental health support urgently you can look up crisis lines in your country by clicking on the following links
Night hours support
Breathing Space is a crisis support helpline open 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday), and 6pm to 2am from Monday through Thursday. They offer confidential guidance from professional advisors experienced in counselling and social work.
You can contact the University Chaplaincy in the event of a sudden death, hospitalisation or acute crisis.
The Listening Service
The Chaplaincy's Listening Service offers pastoral support for students and staff on all manner of subjects. It provides you with:
- A safe place to talk and non-judgemental listening
- Help in times of crisis
- Links with specialist sources of help
Royal Edinburgh Hospital
The Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Morningside is the city’s designated site for psychiatric and mental health care.
They are available 24 hours a day.
University of Edinburgh Security 24/7
The Security Team may be called in the event of an emergency - 24 hours a day, every day (including holidays).
Where you need the emergency services dial 999 and request the appropriate emergency service. After calling the emergency services please call the Security Section so we are aware of the incident and can provide assistance.