Help for people with mental health problems

Anyone can be affected by mental health issues and an estimated one in four Scots will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives.

Mental health during coronavirus outbreak

East Lothian Mental Health Line (01620 642 963)

Feeling anxious, depressed or just a bit down? The new ELHSCP Mental Health line is open from 09.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday. You don’t need a referral from a GP or other clinical professional to use it. It’s for anyone aged 18 and over. If you are feeling anxious, depressed or have other worries about your mental health, call us on 01620 642 963 between 09.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday. An experienced worker will take your details and make an appointment for you to speak to a specialist mental health practitioner, who will ring you back at a at time that is convenient for your within the next 36 hours. The practitioner will assess you over the phone, and provide help and support and sometimes a referral on to other services. This service is not designed for:

  • people already being seen regularly by a Community Mental Health Nurse in the Community Mental Health Team
  • people who are experiencing a mental health emergency—in this case, please phone your GP or 999 immediately.

SAMH Scotland offers useful resources to help with mental health during coronavirus outbreak

Young Scot offers advice for young people who are feeling overwhelmed 

Help and Support

Our 1st Response service

Are you dealing with long-term, mounting stress? Are you feeling unable to cope?

People can feel at crisis point for many reasons, including:

  • Money or debt worries
  • Unemployment or problems at work
  • Housing issues
  • Changes in your health
  • Family or caring concerns

1st Response - support to resolve your crisis


Eastspace is East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information.

You will find information on:

  • Local services and how to contact them
  • Factsheets and guides
  • Self-help materials
  • Local news and events
  • Monthly newsletter

Visit the Eastspace website

Who else can I talk to?

Please talk to your GP who can help you and sign post you to the help you need.

Telephone helplines:

  • NHS 24: Call 111
  • Breathing Space: Call 0800 83 85 87 (Weekdays: Mon-Thurs, 18.00 – 02.00; Weekend Friday 18.00 to Monday 06.00)
  • Samaritans: Call 116 123
  • Childline: Call 0800 1111

Calls to all these numbers are free and most are open 24 hours a day.