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Crisis Resources

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

From time to time, we may find ourselves in need of immediate or access additional support. The following list gives an overview of crisis counselling and psychotherapy resources available in Edinburgh, which means they are available immediately.


Breathing Space

0800 83 85 87

For anyone over 16 who is experiencing low mood , depression or anxiety

Phoneline open 6pm - 2am (Mon-Thurs); 24 hours weekend (6pm Fri-6am Mon)

Edinburgh Crisis Centre

0808 801 0414


Telephone support and a safe place to go for anyone feeling at risk of suicide or harm

Based at Smith Place, EH6 5EA

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital

0131 537 6000

It’s possible to stay here in their mental health and psychiatric facilities

You can call the Mental Health Assessment Service on their 24 hour phone line above

This is an emergency assessment service based at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital and The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre

08088 01 03 02 or text: 07537 410 027

6pm - midnight

Support line for anyone affected by sexual violence

Muslim Women’s Helpline

0208 904 8193

Although MWH's reach is primarily Muslim women, the helpline will accept calls from and support women of any faith or no faith. For example, the culturally sensitive nature of the helpline could easily support Asian women of other faiths. Men who are concerned about women and girls should also call the helpline. If men and boys need support for example at risk of forced marriage, then they should also call the helpline. (Information taken from the MWH website)

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0800 200 0247 (freephone)

Nationwide support line for anyone affected by domestic violence

Nightline Edinburgh

0131 557 4444

8pm – 8am

For all Edinburgh-based students

Rape Crisis Scotland

0808 801 0302

Nationwide support line for anyone affected by sexual violence


116 123 or 08457 90 90 90

24 hour helpline

For anyone feeling despair, suicidal or in need of emotional support


0845 767 8000

For carers of someone struggling with their mental health, from 12:00pm - 2am

Social Work Emergency Service

0800 731 6969 (freephone)

In the evening and at weekends or public holidays, you can call Emergency Social Work, free of charge from a landline. Your mobile phone provider may charge for 0800 calls.

Contact Centre: 01875 824 309 for office hours (Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-4pm)

Your call

0808 801 0362

Phone counselling for people with disabilities from people with disabilities


Take Care,


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