Students

Mental health crisis

Resources and contact details if you require help in a crisis, both at the University and around Edinburgh.

Emergency services

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.

Out of hours student support

For emergencies occurring while University offices are closed, you can contact University Security by calling 0131 650 2257.

A member of Security will assist you or redirect you to the appropriate services.

University offices are closed:

  • between 5pm and 9am (GMT) time Monday to Friday
  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • during University-recognised holidays

This service is not designed or intended in any way to replace the role of the emergency services or other relevant agencies such as GPs or other local NHS provision.

Helplines

24/7 support

Samaritans

Through helplines run by volunteers, Samaritans offers emotional support available 24 hours a day. 

Samaritans contact details

Samaritans Edinburgh branch location

Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Open to any Edinburgh resident who is 16+ and experiencing a mental health crisis.

Edinburgh Crisis Centre contact details

Shout

A text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.

Text: 85258

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

Helplines and crisis-lines from around the world

Befrienders Worldwide

You can also contact the University for support through the University Security 24/7 contact number.

Night hours support

Nightline

Run by student volunteers, Nightline is an anonymous and confidential helpline for students in Edinburgh. The team are available every night of term between 8pm and midnight via online chat.

Edinburgh Nightline contact details

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.

Breathing Space contact details

Chaplaincy

You can contact the University Chaplaincy in the event of a sudden death, hospitalisation or acute crisis.

Chaplaincy emergency support contact details

 

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

The Listening Service

University Accommodation

If you live in a University residence, the Residence Life (Res Life) Team can provide assistance if you are concerned about a flatmate’s wellbeing or any other urgent accommodation wellbeing-related issue.

University residence contacts

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.

Royal Edinburgh Hospital contact details