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Mental health

Use the links below to access free support.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's important to have the right information. Getting news from unreliable sources can make you feel more upset and anxious, which is unhelpful when it comes to mental wellbeing. Reliable sources, like the NHS and the Scottish Government, will help you to stay calm and safe.


Mental health: What We Do

Scottish Association for Mental Health

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.  

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.  These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

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Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 feeling low, depressed or anxious.

How Breathing Space can help

Breathing Space advisors are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.

Breathing Space aims to provide:

  • an alternative and easily accessible ‘first stop’ service

  • assistance at an early stage in order to stop problems escalating

  • empathy, understanding and advice through active listening

  • hope when none exists

  • direction for those who do not know where to seek help.

So don't let problems get out of hand, phone Breathing Space, where experienced advisors will listen and offer information and advice.

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We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

What we do

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

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The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. Government advice designed to keep us safe is under constant review and will be different depending on where you live:

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Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.

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The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. We are an alliance of people and organisations coming together around one basic principle: Suicide is preventable 
The ZSA is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of, and promoting, FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. There are three levels to our training:

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