Lifelines Scotland

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There are lots of places you can get help and support when you need it. Please don't struggle on alone.

Listed below are national resources for all responders, their families and the general public. You can also find more information and help by visiting the service specific pages.
Breathing Space Scotland
Breathing Space Scotland is a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call free on 0800 83 85 87(weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am, weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am).
Citizens Advice Scotland
Citizens Advice Scotland provides free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice to anyone who needs it.
Clear Your Head (coping with Coronavirus)
Clear Your Head has tips for helping us cope with the many changes to our daily lives caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Visit the website for more information.
GP
Your GP isn’t just there for aches and pains. If you’re having trouble with stress or low mood, book an appointment to let them know how you’re feeling. Tell them as much as you can.  It’s okay to make a list beforehand or to take someone with you.

The charity Mind have produced a helpful booklet, Find the Words to help you prepare for this discussion.
Living Life
Living Life is an free, confidential support service based on cognitive behavioural therapy.

When you call you will be offered an assessment and may then be offered a series of telephone appointments with a self-help coach or therapist.

Call 0800 328 9655 (Mon-Fri 1pm to 9pm) or visit the website for more information.
NHS24 Mental Health Hub
Free, confidential advice and support from a mental health professional to help decide on the best course of care for you. Call 111, Monday to Sunday 6pm – 2am.
Shout (Bluelight)
Shout is a 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.

To access a dedicated service for the emergency responder community, text BLUELIGHT to 85258 any time day or night to be connected to a trained and supervised crisis volunteer.
Relationship advice and mediation
Relationship Scotland provide relationship counselling and family mediation.
Telephone 0345 119 2020 (Mon – Fri, 9:30am - 4:30pm).


If home doesn’t feel like a safe place for you at the moment and you need to talk to someone in confidence, find help from one of the services listed below.
Scottish Woman’s Aid - Tel: 0800 027 1234
Abused Men in Scotland - Tel: 0808 800 0024
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - Tel: 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line - Tel: 0808 8010327
National LGBT & Domestic Abuse Helpline - Tel: 0800 999 5428
Rape Crisis Scotland - Tel: 08088 01 03 02 Text: 07537 410 027
National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline - Tel: 0800 027 1234
Amina Muslim Womens Resource Centre Helpline - Tel: 0808 801 0301
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline - Tel: 0808 808 8141  
Parenting advice
Find advice and information at Parent Club Scotland.

Parentline Scotland: The charity Children 1st provides parenting help, advice and support for families.
Tel: 08000 28 22 33 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm and Sat/Sun, 9am-12).
Worried about alcohol or drugs?
If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking you can find information about getting help from NHS inform.

If you have worries about your own or someone else’s drug use you can find information about getting help at Know the Score.
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