Mental Health


Psychiatric Clinic/Psychiatric Nurses

We have close co-operation with our psychiatric colleagues. We have access to Community Psychiatric Nurses who provide a service of continuing care and support in the community for those with mental illness. Please contact the practice.

For Urgent Help and advice call NHS 24 by calling 111. This is available 24 hours a day. You can access this on either a landline or mobile and it is free of charge or click NHS Inform

Edinburgh Crisis

Local confidential helpline and offers sensitive, one to one support and information on a primarily face-to-face basis. The centre also provides a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required.

Call freephone 0808 801 0414 or 07974429075. [email protected]

Social Work Emergency

Freephone 0800 731 6969 or 0131 200 2324

Royal Edinburgh Hospital: 0131 537 6000 – Ask for the Emergency ‘MHAS’ Team.

Available 24 hours. A nurse led team based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for people experiencing a mental health crisis. They will provide assessment and support and refer you to the agency or service that best suits your needs and will liaise with your GP and other healthcare providers.

Breathing Space Freephone 0800 83 85 87 Confidential phone line for when you are feeling low, anxious or depressed. ‘Pick up the phone, we’re here to listen’ Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am. Fri-Mon 6pm-6am.

Samaritans Freephone 116 123 (open 24 hours)

“If you are struggling to cope, you can talk to us about whatever you are going through”

Some branches can offer facilities for you to come in and talk to a volunteer face to face.

Edinburgh & Lothian 0131 221 9999 (local charges)


North East Leith Cluster Resource Portal


This an easy to use mental health and wellbeing information station, providing details of a wide variety of support services available in Edinburgh.

Thrive has new drop in service which will run between 10am and 4pm every Wednesday and Thursday at Norton Park as of 21st August 2023.

Mental Health Information Station

Your first stop for mental health information & resources. The Mental Health Information Station is open for walk in visits at the Walpole Hall every Thursday 10.30 am to 3.00 pm.

Visitors with mental health issues can drop in without an appointment and receive support and guidance on the day from mental health professionals. We will continue to operate our phone line on Thursdays from 9.30am – 3.30 pm on 0131 537 8688. If staff are busy, you can arrange a call back. Or you can email  [email protected]  at any time with specific queries and a request for a call back. 

Living Life to the Full:

Free online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety. A life skills course that aims to teach how to tackle the demands we meet in our everyday lives.


Free online cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) course to learn how to prevent and cope better with symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Online help for a range of emotional problems and guides you can print out including anxiety, depression, self esteem, sleep, anger.

Glasgow Steps

Free online self help for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, self esteem, sleep, anger. It also has audio podcasts and video downloads which are available in English, Urdu and Polish.

Health in Mind 0131 225 8508

Charity promoting positive mental health and wellbeing offering help across many differing sectors.


Feeling Good App: Downloadable app which helps to overcomes stress, low mood and worry/anxiety through Positive Mental Training. The app includes short videos and audio recordings to help deal with mental stresses and strains in order to become a more resilient and stronger thinking person.

Download: Feeling Good

Username: edinchpwr. Password: positive

Headspace App: App you can download which focuses on mindfulness, positive thinking and alleviating stress from demands of everyday life



Edinburgh Women’s Aid 0131 315 8110

Help and support for female victims of domestic abuse. ‘If our phone line is busy or closed please call our national 24 hour helpline. Freephone 0800 027 1234′.

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm Help & support for male victims of domestic abuse.

Respect Helpline: 0808 802 4040 Mon–Fri: 9am-5pm Information & advice for people who are abusive towards their partners & want help to stop

Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre: Helpline 0131 556 9437

Free and confidential support, information & advocacy for women & girls (12+), having experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Edinburgh Women’s Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

Trauma Counselling Line Scotland (TCLS) Call Freephone 0808 802 0406 Mon – Wed: 2-6pm Fri: 9am-3pm.  If you have experienced abuse as a child, you can access our free, confidential counselling.

The Spark. Relationship Helpline Freephone: 0808 802 2088 Counselling enquiries 0808 802 0055

Parentline Scotland Freephone 08000 282 233 “whatever it is that is affecting your family, we are here to help” [email protected]


Please see:

This website offers and easy to follow, detailed list of Counselling Agencies in Edinburgh, including their contact details, waiting lists & times, costs/free, and location.

Counselling Services (Offering Voluntary Donation/ Free of charge Options) include:

North East Edinburgh Counselling 0131 557 4478

Established since 1995 providing counselling for the local community.  Services are available to anyone from the age of 16 living within the catchment area of North East Edinburgh, free of charge. Register on-line or call for further information.

The Junction 0131 553 0570

Safe, friendly, confidential centre offering various health related services & support for young people aged 12-21 in Leith and NE Edinburgh area. Includes drop in counselling service and one to one support. [email protected]

Cruse Bereavement Care 0845 600 2227

National charity offering free, confidential help to bereaved people  [email protected]

PF Counselling Service 0131 447 0876

Provides counselling & psychotherapy in Edinburgh for people facing the difficulties of everyday life. [email protected]

CrossReach Counselling Lothians 0131 552 8901

Provides generic counselling throughout Edinburgh & the Lothians  [email protected]

Hope Park Counselling Service 0131 650 6696

Offering counselling to individuals (16 years+) living in the Edinburgh area.  [email protected]

Saheliya 0131 556 9302

Specialist mental health & well-being support organisation specifically for black & minority ethnic (BME) women & girls (12+) [email protected]

Simpson House Simpson House 0131 225 6028

Provides counselling for people affected by their own or another’s drug use, recovery support groups, recovery one to one appointments and work with children and young people affected by parental substance abuse [email protected]

Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol 0131 337 8188

Offers help to anyone worried about their own or someone else’s drinking [email protected]

Lothian Deaf Counselling Service Deaf Counselling Service Freephone 0800 804 7462 (voice) Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

Counselling service for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deaf blind adults living in Lothian areas.

Counselling Services (Fee paying) include:

SOME may operate a sliding scale according to circumstances

Relationships Scotland 0345 119 2020

Counselling, mediation & family support. Fee or donation, depending on which service use [email protected]

Contact Counselling 0131 466 4597 [email protected]

Bright Light Counselling 0131 556 1527

Offers a welcoming, safe, and confidential space to express thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life [email protected]

LinkLiving Counselling & Therapy 0131 625 0777 [email protected]

Wellspring 0131 553 6660 [email protected]


Victim Support 0131 668 4486

Link Up Women’s Support Centre 0131 661 9292

Providing a safe caring environment in the community for women in North East Edinburgh who suffer from mental health problems and social isolation.

Health All Round 0131 337 1376

Supports people living in Gorgie, Dalry, Saughton, Stenhouse & surrounding areas of Edinburgh, providing services focusing on physical, social & emotional wellbeing [email protected]

The Health Agency 0131 453 9400 Seeks to enable people living in the Wester Hailes area to take action that makes a positive impact on their own and their community’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. [email protected]

LGBT Helpline 0300 123 2523 12 – 9pm Tues & Wed

Details of support and community services [email protected]

VOCAL 0131 622 6666

Supports and empowers unpaid carers [email protected]

Advocard 0131 554 5307

Advocacy service; help in making your wishes clear in the service you receive. [email protected]

Edinburgh Carers Council 0131 270 6087 For carers of those who use mental health services [email protected]

Grapevine 0131 475 2370 Text 0131 475 2463

Disability information service. grapevine@lothiancil/

North East Edinburgh Recovery Hub 0131 554 7516 Drop-in services for people affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

The Stafford Centre 0131 557 0718.

Resource centre for people with mental health issues offering groups, drop-in, café & small counselling service [email protected]

Caledonia Youth 0131 229 3596 (for young people) 0131 229 1402 (for professionals, youth workers, parents and carers) Sexual health & relationships, for young people up to 25yrs [email protected]

The Thistle Foundation

Variety of support services.

Multi-Cultural Family Base 0131 553 4313 / 0131 467 7052

Promoting the wellbeing & life opportunities of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families.

[email protected]

Dr Bell’s Family Centre 0131 553 0100 Supporting families in Leith & North Edinburgh

[email protected]

Firsthand Lothian 0131 523 1322 Supports disadvantaged families & children with disabilities to achieve their full potential [email protected]

Positive Help 0131 225 4766 providing practical help to children and adults in Edinburgh who live with HIV or Hepatitis C  [email protected]

CAPS Independent Advocacy 0131 273 5116. Works with mental health service users to assist in setting own agenda, find a stronger voice, and influence decisions which affect their lives.[email protected]


British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 01455

883300 [email protected]

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) 0161 705 4304 [email protected]

COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)

01786 475140 Information on Services throughout Scotland [email protected]


Healthy Active

Exercise support for people with mild to moderate low mood, anxiety and depression. A 12 week physical activity action plan will be agreed along with one to one consultation and support from specialist project staff. Free Edinburgh Leisure card will entitle you to free access to swim, gym and fitness class visits at off peak times for a 12 week period in Edinburgh Leisure facilities. Discounted leisure card prices apply at other times and for other Edinburgh Leisure activities. A programme will be developed to suit your lifestyle and needs, and can incorporate different forms of physical activity. Your options include, but are not limited to, walking, swimming, gardening, gym and fitness classes. Speak to your GP about a referral if you are interested.

Telephone Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)               

Living Life offer a free telephone based self referral service for help with low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Work with a qualified therapist through a series of 6-9 telephone sessions.

Call: 0800 328 9655         Monday – Friday 1pm-9pm        Free from a landline                   

Stress Control Classes

Free 6 week evening classes; each week focuses on a different aspect of stress, how it affects us and how to cope with it. Classes are run in a lecture format with 20-40 people often attending during the day and up to 100 in the evening. You will never be asked to talk in front of the group or singled out. You will be given a booklet to accompany the class.

Contact: Health in Mind 0131 225 8508

[email protected]

Coping with Anxiety Small Group Course

Small groups of up to 10 people where you can participate in discussion, share experiences and practice methods of managing anxiety.

Telephone and register your interest by leaving your name and contact details on the answering machine.

A course facilitator will then get in touch with you to tell you about the course and discuss if it’s right for you. Courses are run in various venues across Edinburgh.

Each course lasts for an hour and a half each week, for 6 weeks.  Contact: 0131 537 8661

Beating the Blues

A Computerised Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) based course available by referral from your GP. This can be done at home or in a centre of your choice.

The Course is supervised by the Mental Health Team at Royal Edinburgh Psychiatry Hospital.

This includes eight modules which you work through and to help reduce anxiety, worry, low mood and recurrent stress. Speak to your GP if you are interested in this.

*We try to keep this information list as up to date as possible however a service can cease, contacts can change and please know that a website may not be secure.