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 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.
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.
Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Open to any Edinburgh resident who is 16+ and experiencing a mental health crisis. Find out more via the link below:
Free phone 0808 801 0414
Text on 07974429075
Other useful numbers:
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.
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: