Urgent Help

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Human Development Scotland doesn’t offer an urgent or emergency counselling/psychotherapy service.  If you need urgent help or support for yourself or someone close to you, the organisations listed below may be able to help.


If you are ill and feel it can't wait until your GP surgery re-opens, you can call NHS 24 on 111. For an emergency ambulance, you should dial 999.

Breathing Space

Tel: 0800 83 85 87

Available: every day of the year Monday to Thursday 18:00 – 02:00, Friday 18:00 – Monday 06:00

A confidential out of office hours telephone line for people experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression.



Tel: 0800 1111

Available: 24/7

A free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK.


COSCA Searchable Directory

A searchable register for counsellors and psychotherapists.


NHS 24

Tel: 111

Available: 24/7

NHS 24 is a 24-hour health service for Scotland.


NSPCC Helpline

Tel: 0808 800 5000, email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Available: 24/7

Provides help and support from trained helpline counsellors to parents, professionals and families.



Tel: 116 123, email: jo@samaritans.org

Available: 24/7

A free helpline offering emotional support for anyone feeling down, distressed or struggling to cope.


SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health)

Tel: 0141 530 1000, email: enquire@samh.org.uk

Available: 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday

Contact for details of SAMH’s local services and information about mental ill health.



Tel: 0300 304 7000

Available: every day of the year 16:30 – 22:30 

A national, confidential out-of-hours mental health helpline for those aged 16 or over offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.