If you live in Scotland and are struggling with your mental health and need to talk to someone, there is always someone there who wants to listen. Use these free helplines and listening services for information, support and advice:
If you live outside of the UK please visit findahelpline.com for support lines in your area.
Breathing Space offers a confidential helpline for anyone living in Scotland that feels low in mood, anxious, or depressed.
Call 0800 83 85 87 for free or visit the website to use their online webchat.
Open Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am. Open Friday to Sunday, 6pm to 6am.
Find out more on the Breathing Space website.
Recovery Across Mental Health
Recovery Across Mental Health offers a helpline which provides support to anyone living in Renfrewshire who is experiencing a crisis in their mental health.
Call 0800 221 8929 for free.
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Open Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm.
Find out more on the Recovery Across Mental Health website
If you would rather speak to someone who is trained to understand your demographic group, use these helplines that have been developed with specific groups in mind:
LGBT+ Helpline Scotland
The LGBT+ Helpline Scotland offers a confidential helpline that provides support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans communities in Scotland.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 pm to 9 pm. Sunday, 1 pm to 6 pm.
BSL support on Thursdays, 6 pm to 9 pm.
Find out more on the LGBT Health website
If you would rather talk to someone who is trained to understand your specific concern, circumstance or issue, use these helplines for tailored support and advice:
Scotland domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline (SDAFMH) offers a confidential helpline for people living in Scotland that experience domestic abuse or forced marriage.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Find out more on the SDAFMH website.
Know the Score
Know the score offers a confidential helpline for people in Scotland that need advice about drug use or are concerned about their drug use.
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
Find out more on the Know the Score website.
Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) offer a helpline for families in Scotland that are concerned about another family member's alcohol or drug use.
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 11pm.
Find out more on the SFAD website.
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland offers a confidental helpline for anyone of any gender or sexual orientation in Scotland over the age of 13 who has been affected by sexual violence or sexual assault.
Call 08088 01 03 02 or text 07537 410 027.
Open every day, 6pm till midnight.
Find out more on the Rape Crisis Scotland website.