Local services

Resources from the NHS and UK-based charities, including helplines, online communities and support via text


Through helplines run by volunteers, Samaritans offers emotional support available 24 hours a day. Their confidential service can also be accessed by text message or during a visit to one of their branches.

Free call: 116 123

Text message: 07725 90 90 90



Breathing Space

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 them for free at 0800 83 85 87.

Breathing Space website

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, and can be contacted at 0131 537 6000.

Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Open to any Edinburgh resident who is 16+ and experiencing a mental health crisis. Find out more via the link below:

Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Free phone 0808 801 0414

Text on 07974429075

Other useful numbers:

NHS 24

Call the NHS 24 at 111

  • If you need medical advice but your GP is closed
  • If the crisis is not life-threatening
  • if you are worried about someone who is ill

You can also find information at the NHS 24 website.

NHS 24 website

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh - 0131 536 1000

Call emergency services at 999

  • for life-threatening illness or injury
  • to speak with the Fire and Rescue Service

Police Scotland – non-emergency phone contact – 101

Information for Supporting a Friend:

If you are worried about a friend's wellbeing, or are someone's carer, you can find tips for supporting both your friend and yourself at Breathing Space and Mind:

Worried about a friend

Supporting someone with a mental health issue