I cannot provide emergency support, however, please see a list of useful resources which are both national and local emergency support agencies.
National and Local Support Agencies
NHS 24 – 111 (this is a 24-hour, freephone service)
Please call this number for non-urgent medical support. Available when your GP practice is closed
Mental Health Assessment Service – 0131 537 6000
This is an emergency assessment service based at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital (24-hours) and The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh (Mon – Thurs 5pm to 8am and from Fri 5pm to Mon 8am). This service is available for people facing a mental health crisis, who may need emergency mental health assessment or have been referred by their GP.
You can find more details on the website
Edinburgh Crisis Centre – 0808 801 0414 (this is a 24-hour, free helpline)
Edinburgh Samaritans – 0131 221 9999 (9am – 10pm)
Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87 (freephone, Mon – Thurs 6pm to 2am, Fri 6pm to Mon 6am)
Breathing Space will listen and offer information and advice in the hours when other services may not be available, e.g. GP’s. You can visit the website for more information.
National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (24-hours)
This service is run by Women’s Aid. You can find out more on the website. Please visit the website. Quick exit features are available.
Mental Welfare Commission Advice – 0800 389 6809 (freephone, Mon – Thurs 9am to 5pm, Fri 9am to 4.30pm)
Social Care Direct – 0131 200 2324 (Mon – Thurs 8.30am to 5pm, Fri 8.30am to 3.55pm)
Edinburgh Carers Council – 0131 270 6087 – a local Edinburgh charity that provides free, confidential and independent support for carers supporting someone with mental or physical health difficulties
Information for carers or family members can be accessed through the website.
Victim Support Scotland – 0800 160 1985 (freephone, Mon – Fri 8am to 8pm)
Victim Support provides support to all those affected by crime for as long as you need them, you can find out more on their website.
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre & Rape Crisis Scotland– 0131 556 9437 (for referrals and appointments, voicemail service) text 07537 410027 (6pm – midnight) Phone 08088 01 03 02 (6pm – midnight)
Free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the transgender community and young people aged 12-18 who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. Visit the websites for more details.
Shakti Women’s Aid – 0131 475 2399 (Mon – Fri 9.30am to 4pm)
Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 917 7650
Narcotics Anonymous - 0300 999 1212 (10am to midnight)
This is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. You can find out more on the website.
The primary purpose of this service is to stay free of marijuana and to help the marijuana addict who still suffers achieve the same freedom. Visit the website for more information.
Al-Anon – 020 7403 0888
Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. For more information visit the website.
Alateen – 020 7593 2070
Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics and is a part of Al-Anon. See more at the website.