If you are struggling in Scotland, or in the wider UK, help is always available, whether for emotional support, emergency support, debt advice, & more.
The following are details of agencies that can help:
For those with no symptoms, just seeking general information.
British Red Cross support line
0808 196 3651
Free confidential phone line, open 10am-6pm, to help people facing a range of issues due to the coronavirus and the lockdown period. Further details at www.redcross.org.uk/stories/disasters-and-emergencies/uk/coronavirus-our-new-support-line
BUSINESS SUPPORT HELPLINE
Scottish Government's official support helpine
HEALTHY WORKERS LIVES
Employers' Helpline with practical workplace advice on health, safety and wellbeing
Tips and advice for parents
A Scottish voluntary organisation working within the field of mental health.
CHOOSE LIFE (Scotland)
A National strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.
Working towards prevention of young suicide.
BREATHING SPACE (Scotland)
A free, confidential phone helpline for those experiencing low mood/depression. Mon-Thurs (6pm -2am) / Fri-Sun (6pm -6am).
Info about young people’s mental health.
08008025544 (parent helpline)
0300 123 3393 (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
SAMARITANS (UK and Ireland)
Provide a 24 hour confidential helpline for those in crisis or who may need to talk.
116 123 (free, UK and Ireland)
Prevention of Young Suicide
0800 068 4141
0808 808 1677
SHELTER (Scotland and UK)
Help and advice if homeless
0808 800 4444
CHILDREN 1st (Scotland)
08000 28 22 33
0808 800 5000
RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND
08088 01 03 02
RAPE CRISIS (England and Wales)
0808 802 9999
0800 055 6112
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (UK)
0800 9177 650
Help for Older People
0800 470 8090
NATIONAL DEBTLINE (UK)
0808 808 4000
(NB: "Our phone lines and webchat will be closing at 12:30 on Christmas Eve and will open again at 9:00 on 2nd January 2020.")
CITIZENS ADVICE (UK)
NB: Select relevant nation from home page
BREAK THE SILENCE (Scotland)
A local support to 16+ where self-harming is linked to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Info@breakthesilence.org.uk
0141 2292580 or 0131 4752380
LGBT Helpline Scotland
Contacting your local elected parliamentary representative in total confidence can help in certain situations (although they cannot intervene with legal cases). You can find details of your local MSP or MP at https://www.theyworkforyou.com. For devolved issues in Scotland, your local MSP details can also be sourced from https://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx.