A Scottish NHS service providing immediately accessible telephone support for depression and anxiety 24 hours a day Friday – Sunday and from 6pm – 2pm weekdays.
Phone – 0800 83 85 87
An NHS CBT service by Breathing Space (above) for low mood, depression and anxiety. Up to 9 telephone sessions with a therapist. You can refer yourself below.
Phone – 0800 328 9655
Health in Mind
A charity which provides a range of mental health support services throughout Lothian. Their Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Service caters for those over 55 years with mental health problems. Follow the link below to get in touch.
Samaritans – 116 123
A charity providing a 24/7 national helpline for those considering suicide.
Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a proven treatment for mental health problems which analyses the way you think about things and the way that these thoughts affect the way you behave. NHS Lothian has a number of online CBT services that your GP can refer you for or you can self refer to.
An NHS funded CBT platform focussing on resilience, stress, sleep and COVID-19
SilverCloud also offers CBT modules for Type 1 and 2 diabetes, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Heart Disease, Lung Disease and an additional COVID-19 module however these require referral by your GP. Please ask. Remind us that it’s under the ‘Royal Edinburgh’ in sci Gateway.
Living Life to the Full
An excellent and free online CBT course with a wealth of mental health ebooks.
Beating the Blues
The NHS Lothian CBT course for anxiety and depression. Requires GP referral. Please ask. Found under ‘Royal Edinburgh’
Apps for Mental Health
There are numerous excellent, free apps available to help with stress, anxiety and depression. The NHS has tested many of them and compiled a recommended list.
Reading about a condition helps improve understanding, perceptions and behavioural change.