Anyone can be affected by mental health issues.

An estimated one in four Scots will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. 

Most people recover fully from a mental health problem.  

People’s recovery stories (Sharing recovery stories - Scottish Recovery Network | Mental health) provide evidence of this and fosters hope and belief for the future.  You are the expert in what makes you feel better and East Lothian mental health supports/resources are here to help you discover/rediscover what this is.


East Lothian Mental Health Line (CWIC Mental Health)

Feeling anxious, depressed or just a bit down?

The East Lothian Care When It Counts (CWIC) Mental Health Line is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, call 0300 790 6292.

You don’t need a referral from a GP or other clinical professional to use it. It’s for anyone aged 18 and over.

On answering your call our contact team 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.

Please note, 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.

Call the CWIC Mental Health line from your mobile


Drop-in East Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

Wednesdays 12pm - 2pm within the foyer area East Lothian Community Hospital's main entrance

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is available for people across East Lothian to access information, advice and practical support about mental health and wellbeing.  Any adult who is concerned about their own mental health and wellbeing, or supporting someone else’s, can drop in to pick up information or speak to an advisor.

NHS clinicians are on hand to help direct people to the information and support available. A Citizen’s Advice Bureau Adviser is also available to help with queries about housing, finances and benefits and other questions.

The Hub is run by a team of psychologists at the hospital who are regularly joined by representatives from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, East Lothian Works, Changes East Lothian, and Community Link Workers from Penumbra.



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


Support for young people

Young Scot offers advice for young people who are feeling overwhelmed. 


Mental Health Officers at East Lothian

Mental Health Officer (MHO) is a specially trained social worker who has the training, education, experience and skills to work with people with a mental disorder, such as a mental illness or learning disability.

Read more about Mental Health Officers



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Contact the Mental Health Team

Go direct: Concerned about your mental health?  For support, treatment and advice, book an appointment with the mental health team.   Call 0300 790 6292 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm.  This is not an emergency service.  In a life-threatening emergency call 999.

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Mental health and addiction can be intertwined.  If addiction is something you are concerned about, you can seek help and advice in East Lothian.

Addiction Support

The Contact Service 

Recovery services

Sensible drinking

Drugs use


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Who else can I talk to?

Support telephone helplines:

  • NHS 24: call 111
  • Breathing Space: call 0800 83 85 87
    (Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 6pm to Monday 6am)
  • Samaritans: call 116 123
  • Childline: call 0800 1111

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


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