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We are not a crisis service and the counsellors see clients by appointment only.
If you or anyone else needs immediate or urgent assistance, please contact one of the following services:


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

Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital
0131 537 6000
Open 24/7. Nurse-led service for people in need of emergency mental health assessment

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

Scotland-based helplines

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.

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

UK-wide helplines

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.

other counselling services

When all our counsellors are fully booked and you want to find an alternative, we recommend searching:

We hope this helps you find what you need at the moment, with all best wishes from us.