Urgent Help

Help in an Emergency

See Me is not able to provide any direct support or advice to individuals in mental distress. If you need support or advice urgently, there are a number of places you can get in touch with.

If you are in distress, or in need of urgent help, you can find more information on who to contact below, or you can refer to our National Signposting Directory. 

If you need advocacy, then you can find all the local advocacy services in your area on the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance website: https://www.siaa.org.uk/find-advocate.




Samaritans provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support for anyone who is struggling to cope – you don’t have to be suicidal.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call: 116 123
Text: 07725 90 90 90
Visit: www.samaritans.org
Email: jo@samaritans.org



Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline service for any individual who is experiencing low mood and depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to.

Lines are open:

Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

Visit: www.breathingspace.scot


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Beat is the UK's national eating disorder charity. Their Scottish helpline is open 365 days a year for people seeking support related to an eating disorder.

Call: 0808 801 0432

Email: Scotlandhelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk



NHS 24

NHS 24 is a call centre operated by the NHS to provide patients with health advice and help over the phone when your usual GP services aren’t available. Referrals can also be made over the phone to crisis support and other mental health professionals outwith normal GP practice working hours.

Call: 111 or if you think you need an emergency ambulance, call 999 and speak to the operator.

Visit: www.nhs24.com



ChildLine Scotland

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine anytime and in these ways; You can phone, send an email, have a 1-2-1 chat, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. Visit the website to find out more.

Call: 0800 1111

Visit: www.childline.org.uk

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Shakti Women's Aid

Shakti Women’s Aid helps BME women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/ or other members of the household. They also have outreach staff in Dundee, Stirling and Fife. 

Call: 0131 475 2399

Visit: www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk/ 

E-mail: info@shaktiedinburgh.co.uk


Further Help and Support


Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory provides information to help people find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area.

Find out more here. 

**This link is not an endorsement to any of the counsellors on the site.**


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Black Minds Matter UK

Black Minds Matter UK is a fully registered charity operating in the UK; connecting Black individuals and families with free mental health services - by professional Black therapists to support their mental health. 

Find out more here. 

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Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Find out more here. 

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LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Promoting the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) adults (16+) in Scotland. LGBT Health and Wellbeing welcome the entire diversity of LGBT+ community including non-binary, queer, intersex, asexual people and all identities under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.

Find out more here. 

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Penumbra Mental Health is a pioneering charity providing dedicated services for people with mild to serious and enduring mental ill health. They support people on their journey to better mental health, by working with each person to find their own way forward. 

Find out more here.