The Edinburgh Practice does not have the facility to offer emergency help. We have compiled a list of useful services operating in Edinburgh, or nationwide, many offer a crisis service. However if you or somebody you care for is in immediate life threatening danger, always call 999.


NHS 24 –Tel: 111 (Freephone 24 hours) For non-emergency medical support

Mental Health Assessment Service 0131 537 6000 (24 hours) This is an emergency assessment service based at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital and The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Crisis Centre – 0808 801 0414 – (24 hour free helpline) If you are looking for face to face support, but don’t want an immediate assessment, Edinburgh Crisis Centre may be able to help. Call 0808 801 0414, Text 07974429075 email or visit the Website

Edinburgh Samaritans – 0131 221 9999 (9am – 10pm) If you just want to speak with someone over the phone and are feeling suicidal or need emotional support, you can call Edinburgh Samaritans, email or visit the Website

Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 If you are feeling depressed or have a low mood, you can phone to speak to a Breathing Space worker on their free helpline . You can call between 6pm and 2am Monday to Thursday, and Friday 6pm to Monday 6am. You can also visit the website.

National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – 0800 027 1234 (24 hours) Run by Women’s Aid. Visit the Website.

UK Domestic Abuse Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247  (Freephone 24 hours) A national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. Visit the website.

Mental Welfare Commission Advice – 0800 389 6809 (Freephone) The Mental Welfare Commission is an independent organisation working to safeguard the rights and welfare of everyone with a mental illness, learning disability or other mental disorder. Visit the website.

Social Care Direct – 0131 200 2324 You can ask for advice or refer yourself or someone you know in Edinburgh through the Social Care Direct service.  You may need help due to illness, frailty, disability or concerns about safety of an adult or child at risk of harm.  You can phone or email

Victim Support Scotland– 0345 603 9213 (Freephone) Victim Support provides victims with free and confidential emotional and practical assistance and information about the criminal justice system.  Visit the website.

Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre – 0131 556 9437 Free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the transgender community and young people aged 12-18 who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. Visit the website.

Shakti Women’s Aid – 0131 475 2399 Help for black minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. Call or email Visit the website.

Rape Crisis Scotland – 0808 801 0302 (Freephone 6pm – Midnight)Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. Visit the website.

Edinburgh Carers Council – 0131 270 6087 Information for carers or family members can be accessed through the website.

Saneline 0300 304 7000 (6 pm – 11 pm):  Saneline is a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.





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