Help Centre

What kind of help do you need?

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Need Urgent Help or Support?

Getting Help and Support

If you are distressed or experiencing feelings of despair - get help now.

  • Is there someone you can call - family or a friend?
  • Is there a neighbour who can help?

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm contact your local emergency services

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis now, there are several people you can call for help.

The Samaritans (call 116 123) 

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • A National Service for anything that is worrying you.

Edinburgh Crisis Centre (call 080 8010414)

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • Support for people experiencing a mental health crisis in Edinburgh area

NHS 24 (call 111)

  • Available outside GP opening hours
  • Provides critical health support, including mental health.

Breathing Space (call 0800 838587)

  • Open evenings and weekends:
    • Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
    • Friday 6pm to Monday 6am
  • A confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Mental Health Assessment Service (call 0131 537 6000)

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • A nurse-led emergency mental health assessment service for people experiencing a mental health crisis. In the Edinburgh area

Not in the UK?

If you’re not in the UK and need mental health support urgently you can look up crisis lines in your country through Befrienders Worldwide

You can also contact the University for support through the University Security 24/7: