If you are having problems with your mental health, there is a wide range of free self-help resources available either on-line, or by telephone.
Edspace is the main mental health website for Edinburgh. It contains a wealth of information about self-help resources, together with details about local events, organisations and counselling agencies. During the current Coronavirus pandemic, there are, however, obvious restrictions around some of the usually-available face-to-face services.
Mental Health Information Station (MHIS)
Normally a walk-in source of mental health advice and information in Edinburgh, the MHIS has become a fully telephone-based service during the Covid-19 pandemic. Contact can also be made by email if preferred. Further information can be obtained by clicking HERE
Living Life to the Full provides free online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety. It's a life skills course that aims to teach how to tackle the demands we all meet in everyday life.
Moodjuice provides online help for a wide range of emotional and psychological problems, and includes printable guides for topics including anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and insomnia.
Health in Mind promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland as a whole. It provides a wide range of services and courses to support people and help them make positive changes. Many of the usual face-to-face services have been temporarily suspended during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Beating the Blues
This is an on-line treatment programme that uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help people experiencing mild-to-moderate depression, anxiety, panic attacks or phobias. It is suitable for people who are being treated with, or without, medication. It can also be used by people who have already done CBT in the past, but would like a "refresher".
You can read more about Beating the Blues HERE
Unlike all of the other services mentioned elsewhere on this page, you can only access Beating the Blues (BTB) if you have first been referred by you GP. Referral is simple and quick however, so if you are interested, please let your GP know. You will need to supply an email address through which you can be contacted by the BTB team in the days following your referral.
Positive Mental Training
This is a self-help programme for treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, low self-confidence and poor life-coping skills in general. The programme consists of 12 audio tracks, and a short 3 minute video, to be watched initially, explaining how it works. Each track , lasting 18 minutes, is ideally listened to 5 times a week, and in this way the whole programme takes 12 weeks to complete. However research has shown that there is considerable benefit after 4 weeks.
The programme is delivered via the Feeling Good App, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from Google Play or the Apple App Store. To use the app, you will need the following details to log in and make use of the full programme:
Username: coboost1 Password: positive
This is a Leith-based organisation that offers mental health support exclusively to younger people, between the ages of 12-21, who are living in the Leith/North East Edinburgh area.
CRISIS CONTACTS - If you need to speak to someone urgently...
Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 Free, national, confidential helpline.
Open Mon-Thurs, 6pm-2am, Fri 6pm - Mon 6am.
Samaritans - 0330 094 5717 Edinburgh branch, open daily 9am - 10pm
116 123 from any phone for their 24 hr national helpline
Edinburgh Crisis Centre - 0808 801 0414 open 24 hrs
Confidential helpline offering one to one support
Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) - 0131 537 6000
Nurse-led team based in Royal Edinburgh Hospital, offering 24 hr emergency psychiatric assessment to those suffering an acute mental health crisis.