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


If you need medical help, please follow the guidance on the NHS Inform website. Do not go directly to your GP, hospital or other healthcare environment.

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Local 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 & 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
  • Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) – Tel: 0131 537 6000 (Edinburgh)

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
  • Saneline Phoneline (6pm to 11pm) - Call: 0300 304 7000
  • Breathing Space Helpline (6pm to 2am) – Call: 0800 83 85 87
  • CALM (5pm to Midnight) – Call: 0800 58 58 58
  • Shelter Advice Line - Call: 0808 800 4444
  • Rape Crisis Scotland (6pm to Midnight) - Call: 0808 801 0302