The Scottish Recovery Network is not able to offer direct help or support to people who may be experiencing mental health issues.

If you are looking for immediate support or assistance you can contact your local GP or Social Work department directly; the numbers for these are available from your local phone book.

If you think you need an emergency ambulance, call 999 and speak to the operator for assistance.

You can also contact the following organisations for immediate help and support:

Breathing Space

Phone: 0800 83 85 87 (This number is free to call)

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and giving information. Lines are open 6pm – 2am Mon to Thu and 24hrs at weekends (From 6pm Fri to 6am on Mon).

The Samaritans

Phone: 116 123 (This number is free to call)


The Samaritans service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

NHS 24

Phone: 111 (This number is free to call)

NHS 24 provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland. They can be contacted for advice and information when a GP service is unavailable.