Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone-line you can call when you're feeling down. You might be feeling stressed about work or exams - or relationships or money - or just fed up for no specific reason. Whatever your reason, you can call Breathing Space to talk things over.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87 Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am, Friday 6pm through to Monday 6am or check out the Breathing Space website, where you can also find a support groups directory.
SANE offers information and advice on all aspects of mental health for those experiencing mental illness. Their helpline can be reached on 08457 67 80 00 (6pm to 11pm daily). They also have a service called SANEmail, aimed at young people, where you can get information and support via email. The form is on the SANE website.
Living Life to the Full
This is a free online course to help you deal with different sorts of problems like not being able to sleep, low mood, anxiety. It's supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Depression Alliance Scotland, Primary Care Mental Health and Education, Oxfam and Anxiety UK so you can be sure that's run by professionals. You can access it by going to the Living Life to the Full website.
Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
The SAMH is great for general enquiries, offering free legal and benefits advice, local contacts for self help groups, or if you wish to complain about treatment you’ve received. It provides direct services to people who have suffered from mental health problems largely through supported accommodation and training for employment. Go to the SAMH website for more information.
Penumbra is one of Scotland’s leading mental health organisations, providing a wide range of support services for adults and young people. The Penumbra website has more information.
Well Scotland is a website mainly for professionals working in mental health settings but it does also provide useful information about improving mental health and where you can get treatment and support.
'Your Call' is a free telephone counselling service open to all disabled people in Scotland. 'Your Call' counsellors are all disabled people themselves, giving them an understanding of what it is like to live as a disabled person in Scotland.
The phoneline is open between 11am and 3pm, Monday to Thursday on 0808 801 0362.
It can be helpful to talk to someone face to face about situations in life and what you are feeling. The 'Counselling Directory' provides a list of qualified and registered counsellors and psychotherapists. You can search by the area you live in, or what you would like to talk to them about. The website also has information about different types of distress and the various therapies that are out there.