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It can take some time to get a space with a counsellor. We are not a crisis service and the counsellors see clients by appointment only. If you or someone you’re supporting needs urgent help, you can use crisis services straightaway. These are our suggestions of places to contact…

Edinburgh services

Contact your GP
Or if out-of-hours call 111 for NHS 24

Edinburgh Crisis Centre
0808 801 0414
Open 24/7 for people in mental health crisis – initially by phone with the possibility of same or next day face-to-face support.

Social work emergency service
0800 731 6969
Emergency out-of-hours social work service


Breathing Space
0800 83 85 87
Open Monday – Thursday 6pm to 2am and all weekend (Friday 6pm to Monday 6am). Helpline service for people feeling low, overwhelmed or finding it difficult to cope.

116 123
Open 24/7. Support for anyone who is in distress or who needs someone to talk to.

0300 304 7000
Open 4.30 til 10.30pm daily. Emotional support for anyone affected by mental illness including families and carers.

Edinburgh Nightline
0131 557 4444
Open 8pm-midnight every night of term for confidential, non-judgemental support for students at any Edinburgh college or university, by peers.

other counselling services

When all our counsellors are fully booked, or have no reduced-fee spaces, and you want to find an alternative, we recommend searching:

We hope this helps you find what you need at the moment.

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Please see individual practitioners’ profile pages for contact information