For Urgent Help and advice call NHS 24: FREEPHONE 111
This is an urgent out-of-hours health advice service, available when other sources of support are closed.
You can access this, on either a landline or mobile and it is always free of charge.
GP out-of -hours services refer patients to this 111 number.
IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING, FEEL YOU ARE IN A CRISIS AND NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE URGENTLY YOU CAN ALSO ACCESS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
Edinburgh Crisis Centre: www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
Local confidential helpline and offers sensitive, one to one support and information on a primarily face-to-face basis. The centre also provides a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required.
Call Free phone 0808 801 0414
Text phone 07974429075
Social Work Emergency Service: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/socialcaredirect
Free phone 0800 731 6969
Call 0131 200 2324
Royal Edinburgh Hospital: 0131 537 6000 - Please Ask for the Emergency Team.
Available 24 hours.
A nurse led team based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital,
For people experiencing a mental health crisis.
They will provide assessment and support and refer you to the agency or service that best your needs and liaise with your GP and other healthcare providers
Breathing Space Freephone 0800 83 85 87 Confidential phone line for when you are feeling low, anxious or depressed.
‘Pick up the phone, we're here to listen' Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am /Fri-Mon 6pm-6am
Samaritans Freephone 116 123 (open 24 hours)
"If you are struggling to cope, you can talk to us about whatever you are going through"
Some branches can offer facilities for you to come in and talk to a volunteer face to face
Edinburgh & Lothians 0131 221 9999 (local charges)
Edinburgh Women’s Aid 0131 315 8110
Help and support for female victims of domestic abuse.
‘If our phone line is busy or closed please call our national 24 hour helpline Freephone 0800 027 1234’
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm Help & support for male victims of domestic abuse
Respect Helpline: 0808 802 4040 Mon–Fri: 9am-5pm Information & advice for people who are abusive towards their partners & want help to stop
Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre: Helpline 0131 556 9437
Free and confidential support, information & advocacy for women & girls (12+), having experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (TCLS) Call Freephone 0808 802 0406 Mon - Wed: 2-6pm Fri: 9am
If you have experienced abuse as a child, you can access our free, confidential counselling
The Spark. Relationship Helpline Freephone: 0808 802 2088 Counselling enquiries 0808 802 0055
Parentline Scotland Freephone 08000 282 233 "whatever it is that is affecting your family, we are here to help "
On-Line Support & Websites
This an easy to use mental health and wellbeing information Website, providing details of a WIDE VARIETY of support services available in Edinburgh. This is the main mental health website for Edinburgh, providing details of support groups, self-help resources, local events, organisations and counselling agencies
Living Life to the Full: www.llttf.com
Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety. A life skills course that aims to teach how to tackle the demands we meet in our everyday lives.
Mood Gym: www.moodgym.anu.edu.au
Free online cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) course to learn how to prevent and cope better with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Mood Juice: www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk
Online help for a range of emotional problems and guides you can print out including anxiety, depression, self esteem, sleep, anger.
Glasgow Steps: www.glasgowspcmh.org.uk
Free online self help for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, self esteem, sleep, anger. It also has audio podcasts and video downloads which are available in English, Urdu and Polish.
Stress and Anxiety in Teenagers: www.stressandanxietyinteenagers.co.uk
Lothian based Website providing mental health support for teenagers and young people.
Feeling Good App
Downloadable app which helps to overcomes stress, low mood and worry/anxiety through Positive Mental Training. The app includes short videos and audio recordings to help deal with mental stresses and strains in order to become a more resilient and stronger thinking person.
Password: Please contact our GP practice Reception or ask your GP for a free username and password.
App you can download which focuses on mindfulness, positive thinking and alleviating stress from demands of everyday life
Please see: www.edinburghcounsellingagencies.co.uk
This website offers and easy to follow, detailed list of Counselling Agencies in Edinburgh, including their contact details, waiting lists & times, costs/free, and location.
Counselling Services (Offering Voluntary Donation/ Free of charge Options)
North East Edinburgh Counselling Service. www.neecscounselling.org.uk 0131 557 4478
Established since 1995 providing counselling for the local community. Services are available to anyone from the age of 16 living within the catchment area of North East Edinburgh, free of charge. Register on-line or call for further information.
The Junction www.the-junction.org 0131 553 0570
Safe, friendly, confidential centre offering various health related services & support for young people aged 12-21 in Leith and NE Edinburgh area. Includes drop in counselling service and one to one support. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruse Bereavement Care www.crusescotland.org.uk 0845 600 2227
National charity offering free, confidential help to bereaved people email@example.com
PF Counselling Service www.pfcounselling.org.uk 0131 447 0876
Provides counselling & psychotherapy in Edinburgh for people facing the difficulties of everyday life. firstname.lastname@example.org
CrossReach Counselling Lothians www.crossreach.org.uk 0131 552 8901
Provides generic counselling throughout Edinburgh & the Lothians email@example.com
Hope Park Counselling Service www.ed.ac.uk/health/hopepark 0131 650 6696
Offering counselling to individuals (16 years+) living in the Edinburgh area. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilton Community Health Project www.pchp.org.uk/projects/adult-counselling 0131 551 1671 Funded to cover the catchment area of Muirhouse, Pilton, West Pilton, Granton & Royston, and Wardieburn. Counsellors experienced in issues affecting emotional and mental well-being email@example.com
Saheliya www.saheliya.org.uk 0131 556 9302
Specialist mental health & well-being support organisation specifically for black & minority ethnic (BME) women & girls (12+) firstname.lastname@example.org
Health in Mind www.health-in-mind.org.uk 0131 225 8508
Charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing offering help across many differing sectors.
Simpson House www.simpson-house.org 0131 225 6028
Provides counselling for people affected by their own or another’s drug use, recovery support groups, recovery one to one appointments and work with children and young people affected by parental substance abuse email@example.com
Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol www.elcaalcohol.co.uk 0131 337 8188
Offers help to anyone worried about their own or someone else's drinking firstname.lastname@example.org
Lothian Deaf Counselling Service www.services.nhslothian.scot/DeafCounsellingService Freephone 0800 804 7462 (voice) Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Counselling service for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deaf blind adults living in Lothian areas.
Edinburgh Counselling Services (Fee Paying)
SOME may operate a sliding scale according to circumstances
Relationships Scotland www.relationships-scotland.org.uk 0345 119 2020
Counselling, mediation & family support. Fee or donation, depending on which service use email@example.com
Contact Counselling www.contactcounselling.co.uk 0131 466 4597 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bright Light Counselling www.bright-light.org.uk 0131 556 1527
Offers a welcoming, safe, and confidential space to express thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life email@example.com
LinkLiving Counselling & Therapy 0131 625 0777 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellspring www.wellspring-scotland.co.uk 0131 553 6660 email@example.com
ORGANISATIONS offering Help, Information & Support but not specifically counselling.
Victim Support www.victimsupportsco.og.uk 0131 668 4486 firstname.lastname@example.org
Link Up Women’s Support Centre www.link-upsupport.co.uk 0131 661 9292
Providing a safe caring environment in the community for women in North East Edinburgh who suffer from mental health problems and social isolation email@example.com
Health All Round www.healthallround.org.uk 0131 337 1376
Supports people living in Gorgie, Dalry, Saughton, Stenhouse & surrounding areas of Edinburgh, providing services focusing on physical, social & emotional wellbeing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Health Agency 0131 453 9400 Seeks to enable people living in the Wester Hailes area to take action that makes a positive impact on their own and their community’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. email@example.com
LGBT Helpline 0300 123 2523 12 - 9pm Tues & Wed www.lgbthealth.org.uk
Details of support and community services firstname.lastname@example.org
VOCAL www.vocal.org.uk 0131 622 6666
Supports and empowers unpaid carers email@example.com
Advocard www.advocard.org.uk 0131 554 5307
Advocacy service; help in making your wishes clear in the service you receive. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Carers Council www.edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk 0131 270 6087 For carers of those who use mental health services email@example.com
Grapevine www.lothiancil.org.uk 0131 475 2370 Text 0131 475 2463
Disability information service. grapevine@lothiancil/org.uk
North East Edinburgh Recovery Hub 0131 554 7516 Drop-in services for people affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use. www.turningpointscotland.com/edinburgh/
The Stafford Centre www.staffordcentre.org.uk 0131 557 0718.
Resource centre for people with mental health issues offering groups, drop-in, café & small counselling service firstname.lastname@example.org
Caledonia Youth www.caledoniayouth.org 0131 229 3596 (for young people) 0131 229 1402 (for
professionals, youth workers, parents and carers) Sexual health & relationships, for young people up to 25yrs email@example.com
The Thistle Foundation www.thistle.org.uk
Variety of support services.
Multi-Cultural Family Base www.mcfb.org.uk 0131 553 4313 / 0131 467 7052
Promoting the wellbeing & life opportunities of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families.
Dr Bell’s Family Centre www.drbells.co.uk 0131 553 0100 Supporting families in Leith & North Edinburgh
Firsthand Lothian www.firsthand-lothian.org.uk 0131 523 1322 Supports disadvantaged families &
children with disabilities to achieve their full potential firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Help www.positivehelpedinburgh.co.uk 0131 225 4766 providing practical help to children and adults in Edinburgh who live with HIV or Hepatitis C email@example.com
CAPS Independent Advocacy www.capsadvocacy.org 0131 273 5116. Works with mental health service users to assist in setting own agenda, find a stronger voice, and influence decisions which affect their firstname.lastname@example.org
FINDING A COUNSELLOR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
FEES WILL APPLY
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) www.bacp.co.uk 01455
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
www.babcp.com 0161 705 4304 email@example.com
COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) www.cosca.org.uk
01786 475140 Information on Services throughout Scotland firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh Gestalt Institute www.egi.uk.com/therapy/therapists 0131 228 3841
Other Sources of Support
Healthy Active Minds: www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/health-active-minds
Exercise support for people with mild to moderate low mood, anxiety and depression. A 12 week physical activity action plan will be agreed along with one to one consultation and support from specialist project staff.
A free Edinburgh Leisure card will entitle you to free access to swim, gym and fitness class visits at off peak times for a 12 week period in Edinburgh Leisure facilities. Discounted leisure card prices apply at other times and for other Edinburgh Leisure activities.
A programme will be developed to suit your lifestyle and needs, and can incorporate different forms of physical activity.
Your options include, but are not limited to, walking, swimming, gardening, gym and fitness classes.
Speak to your GP about a referral if you are interested.
Telephone Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Living Life offer a free telephone based self referral service for help with low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
Work with a qualified therapist through a series of 6-9 telephone sessions.
Call: 0800 328 9655 Monday - Friday 1pm-9pm Free from a landline
Stress Control Classes
Free 6 week evening classes; each week focuses on a different aspect of stress, how it affects us and how to cope with it.
Classes are run in a lecture format with 20-40 people often attending during the day and up to 100 in the evening. You will never be asked to talk in front of the group or singled out. You will be given a booklet to accompany the class.
Contact: Health in Mind 0131 225 8508
Coping with Anxiety Small Group Course
Small groups of up to 10 people where you can participate in discussion, share experiences and practice methods of managing anxiety.
Telephone and register your interest by leaving your name and contact details on the answering machine.
A course facilitator will then get in touch with you to tell you about the course and discuss if it’s right for you. Courses are run in various venues across Edinburgh.
Each course lasts for an hour and a half each week, for 6 weeks. Contact: 0131 537 8661
Beating the Blues www.beatingtheblues.co.uk
A Computerised Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) based course available by referral from your GP. This can be done at home or in a centre of your choice.
The Course is supervised by the Mental Health Team at Royal Edinburgh Psychiatry Hospital.
This includes eight modules which you work through and to help reduce anxiety, worry, low mood and recurrent stress. Speak to your GP if you are interested in this.
*We try to keep this information list as up to date as possible however a service can cease, contacts can change and please know that a website may not be secure.
Mental Health Questionnaires
This easy to use patient questionnaire has been validated for use in Primary Care.
It is used by your doctor to monitor the severity of depression/anxiety and response to treatment.
It can also be used to make a tentative diagnosis of depression/anxiety.
GAD-7 Anxiety Assessment Questionnaire