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

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.