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Need help now

If you need help immediately, here are some available services that can offer help and support. 

Call your GP as soon as possible to explain what is going on and how you are feeling. If your GP is closed, then you should call NHS 24 on 111.

24 hour emergency services:

If you feel like you can’t cope or keep yourself safe right now, you should seek help straight away. Go to any Accident and Emergency (A&E) department or call 999.

If you need immediate support but don’t want to visit A&E, you can call the following 24-hour emergency services:

NHS 24: Call:111

National listening services:

If you’re struggling and need to speak to someone quickly, you can call a helpline or listening service. They can support you by letting you talk about your feelings without judgement.

Here are some services that are here to listen:

Samaritans National Line (24/7)
Call: 116 123 or email

Samaritans, provide confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Calls are free.

Breathing Space Helpline
Call: 0800 83 85 87 (Monday to Thursday: 6 pm – 2 am, Friday: 6 pm - Monday 6 am).

Breathing Space is a free, confidential helpline for anyone experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression, or who is unusually worried and needs someone to talk to.

Call: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to Midnight)

Crisis text line 85258 (24 hours, 7 days) Texts are free

For the Deaf Community

The Deaf Health Charity Signhealth Crisis Text Service: Text DEAF to 85258 for free and immediate support.

Information about Breathing Space in BSL, including how to contact the service if you feel low, depressed or anxious.

Local organisations

Edinburgh Crisis Centre 
Call: 0808 801 0414 (24 hours, 7 days)

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre provides community based, emotional and practical support at times of crisis.


The Stay Alive App - Download the free App on the App Store or Google Play. The App is packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in a crisis.


Scottish Borders: Lifeline Cards

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