National Support


Use the contacts below for help or to find out more information.


Samaritans – 01382 832555 Freephone Helpline 116 123 or email:

If something’s troubling you, contact them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.


SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) – 0141 530 1000

SAMH is Scotland’s leading mental health charity who work hard every day to ensure that people are talking about mental health.


Living Life – 0800 328 9655 (Mon-Fri 1pm to 9pm)

Living Life is a free telephone service available to anyone over the age of 16 who is suffering from low mood, mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.

You can also access Living Life by GP referral.



Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. We are an alliance of five mental health organisations and fully funded by the Scottish Government.


Winston’s Wish Helpline – 0808 802 0021

The leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.


Papyrus: HOPELineUK – 0800 068 41 41

If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide.


Parentline Scotland – 08000 28 22 33

Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm

Free, confidential, telephone helpline for parents and anyone caring for a child in Scotland.

You can call about any problem, however big or small.


The Spark 0808 802 2088

The Spark help make relationships work. Their services provide you with the support you need – whatever your relationship, whenever you need it, and wherever you are in Scotland. Talk to them online, over the phone, or face-to-face in your local area.


Combat Stress, The Veterans’ Mental Health Charity, 24 Hour Helpline – 0800 138 1619

To provide timely, effective clinical treatment and welfare support to Veterans who suffer from psychological wounds.  Helpline for Veterans, Service personnel, and their families.


Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Carers Scotland

Both these organisations provide comprehensive information and support for carers.


Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline  – 0800 027 1234 (24 hour helpline)

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse call this free confidential helpline, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Scottish Women's Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. We play a vital role campaigning and lobbying for effective responses to domestic abuse.


Respect: Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327

The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for male victims of domestic violence/abuse and those supporting them


Respect Phoneline – 0808 802 4040

The Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for perpetrators of domestic violence/abuse looking for help to stop.


Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 03300 949 395 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm)

AMIS works with any man over 16 concerned about domestic abuse, regardless of sexuality, age, disability or ethnic origin.


Rape Crisis Scotland – 08088 01 03 02

Provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline is open from 6pm to midnight, 7 days a week, and offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information.


Narcotics Anonymous Helpline – 0300 999 1212

If you have a drug problem - we can help


Alcoholics Anonymous GB Helpline – 0800 9177 650

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism


Gamblers Anonymous Scotland – 0370 050 8881

If you are having a problem controlling your gambling we’re here to help you.

Our Helpline is open 24 hours a day


National Debtline – 0808 808 4000

The helpline that provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.


Tayside Healthy Minds

Information on options for tackling stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.



Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues is a computer based treatment for anxiety and depression which is free to use for people aged 16+ who are registered with a GP in Tayside.



Books on Prescription

Local health professionals have identified a range of books which provide information and self help guidance for a range of conditions and difficulties. General Practitioners (GPs) and other NHS professionals can prescribe the books or you can go along to your library and have a look at what is available for yourself