Anxiety and/or Depression

Health Concerns

If financial difficulties are affecting someone’s health they should speak to their GP (many advisors are based in GP Practices) or other health practitioner (e.g. Health Visitor or Community Psychiatric Nurse) or contact the NHS inform helpline for advice on 0800 22 44 88. 8am - 10pm 7 days a week. For urgent medical advice out of hours, phone NHS 24 on 111 (free).

Mental Health

24/7 from the Edinburgh Crisis Centre, Freephone helpline: telephone 0808 801 0414,

Text 0797 442 9075, email

As well as phone support, face-to-face support is available in the centre and people can stay at the centre for up to a week, whilst in crisis.

If you require an emergency mental health assessment, your GP can refer you to the Mental Health Assessment Service based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Self referrals may also be made by telephoning 0131 537 6000. This may result in you being offered an appointment for an assessment or you may be signposted to other more appropriate services.

Breathing Space

A phone-line for people feeling anxious or depressed. Telephone 0800 83 85 87 Monday to Friday: 6pm - 2am: Weekends Friday 6pm - Monday 6am (24 hours).

The Samaritans

If someone is feeling depressed or suicidal, the Samaritans provide a confidential listening service at any time (24/7). Telephone Free: 116 123.

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