National Support

Domestic Abuse | Bereavement | Child Welfare

LGBTQ+ | Mental Health | Money Issues

Other | Substance Use

Domestic Abuse

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 03300 949 395

Monday - Friday 9am-4pm

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



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 abuse who are looking for help to stop and for those supporting them.



Scottish Women's Aid  – 0800 027 1234

24 hours a day 7 days a week

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage call this free confidential helpline.




After a Suicide (from Scottish Association for Mental Health)

A guide covering the practical issues that need to be faced after a suicide; some of the emotions you might be experiencing; and places where you can get help.



Cruse Scotland – 0808 802 6161

Monday - Friday 9am-8pm Saturday - Sunday 10am-2pm

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland are here to help you. Cruse seeks to help anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss.




Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide – 0300 111 5065

Monday - Tuesday 9am-5pm

You can find the nearest group via the search function on their website.

The meetings that can facilitate digital involvement allow people across the country easy access to group support.



Petal Support - 01698 324502

Provides a safe and confidential environment where those experiencing bereavement and traumatic loss through suicide can receive support, one to one counselling and other therapies. This service provision includes children and young people.




Winston’s Wish Helpline – 0808 802 0021

Childhood bereavement charity that offers a range of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.



Child Welfare + Protection

Childline – 0800 1111

24 hour phone-line

Free and confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK.




LGBT Helpline Scotland – 0300 123 2523

Tuesday - Wednesday  12–9pm, Thursday and Sunday 1pm–6pm

Support for anyone aged 16 + with any issues you have and to be there if you just want to talk.

The helpline is also there for partners, family and friends of LGBT+ people including professionals who are supporting people around identity and sexuality.


Website:  (livechat available)


LGBT Youth Scotland

Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people, working with those aged 13 to 25.

They run a selection of youth groups and have digital support service from a trained youth worker.

Young people looking for support can chat by email.




Mental Health and Wellbeing

Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87

Weekdays - Monday – Thursday 6pm -2am

Weekends - Friday 6pm – Monday 6am

Free and confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland age 16 years and over, feeling low, anxious or depressed.



NHS Inform

Scotland's national health information website.

Offers mental health and wellbeing resources, local/national services, self-help guides, and information for individuals experiencing various issues, including suicidal thoughts, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems and many others.




NHS Inform: Getting Help With Your Suicidal Thoughts

Other languages and accessible formats

Easy Read

Chinese Simplified


British Sign Language



Papyrus: HOPELINEUK – 0800 068 41 41

9am - Midnight

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



Samaritans – 116 123

24 hour phoneline

Provides a free confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK, every day of the year.




SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) – 0344 8000 550

Call charges may apply

Monday - Friday 9am-6pm except bank holidays

If you are seeking support; looking for information for yourself or someone else or want to have a chat about mental health.



Shout 85258

Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Text: 85258


Trauma Healing Together – 01738 248283

They provide a free holistic collaborative service for anyone in Scotland who has experienced any form of psychological trauma.



We Are With You

Free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.



Money Issues

Cost of Living Support Scotland (Scottish Government)

Information on Energy and bills; benefits and income; debt and money; children and families; older or disabled people; and health and wellbeing.



National Debtline – 0808 808 4000

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

You can also use the digital advice tool or access the webchat for support.



National Gambling Helpline - 0808 8020 133

24 hours 7 days a week

Free, confidential help and support to anyone that is worried about their gambling or someone else’s gambling.



Other Support

Age UK (Age Scotland) - 0800 12 44 222

Provide life-enhancing services and vital support to people in later life. They deliver a range of services across the UK and there is a specific helpline in Scotland.



Carer information and support

These organisations provide a range of information and support for carers.

Carers Scotland (Part of Carers UK)


Carers Trust Scotland



Children 1st Parentline Scotland –  08000 28 22 33

Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm

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


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



Rape Crisis Scotland – 08088 01 03 02

5pm to midnight 7 days a week

Provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone aged 13+ affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. Information available on the website in several community languages.




Scottish Refugee Council - 0808 196 7274

Help and advice for refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.



SSAFA Forcesline - 0800 260 6767

Forcesline offers a first point of contact for SSAFA. It is a confidential helpline that provides a supportive, listening, and signposting service for serving personnel and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.



The Spark 0808 802 2088

The Spark provides counselling and mental health support services for individuals, couples, families, children and young people in Scotland.



Substance Use

Alcoholics Anonymous 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




Narcotics Anonymous Helpline – 0300 999 1212

If you have a drug problem - they can help



Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) – 08080 101 011

Monday - Friday 9am-11pm Saturday - Sunday: Call back service

Supports anyone affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. They give listening support and information to many people and help them with confidence, communication, general wellbeing, and link them into local support. They also have a bereavement service.





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