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Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Getting Help

If you are looking for support or assistance then you may wish to get in touch with one of the following organisations

In a crisis, you can contact the emergency duty team at your local Social Work Department or contact your GP, using the out of hours service if necessary. These numbers can be found in your phone book.  Please note that NES is not able to offer direct help or support to people who may be experiencing mental distress

Alzheimer Scotland
Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families.  Its members include carers, relatives, people with dementia, professionals, groups and organisations.  If you need information or emotional support on any issue to do with dementia, you can call the Scottish 24 hour Dementia Helpline: 0808 808 3000 or email:

Breathing Space
A free, confidential phone-line (aimed particularly at young men) which you can call when you're feeling down. Holds lots of information about services available locally. Open from 6.00pm to 2.00am daily
Phone: 0800 83 85 87

The Samaritans
Available 24 hrs a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: free-to-caller number – 116 123 (This number is free to call from landlines, mobiles and payphones)

Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
Information on a range of mental health issues including treatments, services and benefits. Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Phone:  0141 530 1000

Support in Mind Scotland
Information service available to those affected by schizophrenia and allied mental health problems.
Phone: 0131 662 4359