If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and you’re already receiving help from your GP, phone your GP or care team first. If you’re unable to talk to them, call 111. If you need an emergency ambulance, phone 999.
Over the phone
Sometimes it’s helpful just to talk to someone, especially if being alone at home is making you feel low.
The NHS 24 Mental Health Hub is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 111.
You can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 116 123.
The Samaritans also provide information on the effects of coronavirus on mental health.
You can phone Breathing Space for advice and support on 0800 83 85 87. The service is open:
- Monday to Thursday - 6pm to 2am
- Friday 6pm to Monday 6am
You can visit the Breathing Space website for some tips on staying connected and other information.
The Relationship Helpline (0808 802 2088) is a free support line providing a safe and confidential space for anyone struggling with their relationship.
They can also provide free relationship counselling if you feel you'd benefit from a bit of extra support. This will either be online or over the phone.
The Helpline is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Friday.
There are a lot of online resources specifically designed to help you cope with staying home and the stress of the coronavirus pandemic.
Our coronavirus page has suggestions and advice for coping with the effects of the pandemic on your mental wellbeing.
SAMH has a lot of resources and information on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing. It includes help with anxiety, OCD, issues for older people and young people, benefits, and coping with distressing news coverage.
Older people can visit Age Scotland to learn more about keeping active and boosting mental wellbeing at this time. You can also phone the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222. It’s open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Young people can find a lot of information on coping with the coronavirus pandemic on the Young Scot website.
The Young Minds blog also has a range of resources, and useful advice about how coronavirus can affect young people with different mental health conditions.
Clear Your Head has more information on finding support.
Visit our Coping with money worries page for information on the financial support available to you during the coronavirus pandemic.
For more general mental wellbeing advice, we have a wide range of resources:
Complete a self-help guide for anxiety
Complete a self-help guide for panic
Complete a self-help guide for depression
Explore all of our mental health self-help guides
Learn about managing stress
Learn different ways to improve your mental wellbeing