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Mental Health Support and Advice


Samaritans offer confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

It is free to call: 0800 116 123 or email

Breathing Space

Breathing Space: Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information

0800 83 85 87

Opening hours

Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am

Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am



Papyrus (for people under 35)

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide

Phone: 01925 572 444 (Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm)



National confidential helpline - HOPELineUK

Phone: 0800 068 41 41 (Everyday 9am to Midnight)


Suicide Bereavement Support

Suicide Bereavement Support is for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide in Highlands and Argyll & Bute.

The Suicide Bereavement Support Service offers free and confidential one-to-one support for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide in Highland and Argyll & Bute. It’s open to people who live in the area, and also to people whose loved one died in the area. Support can be delivered over the phone, face to face, or by video call, and is available for as long as it is needed. Support can be provided over the phone, by secure video calling or face to face. Support is available for as long as it needed and in most cases, will be provided by the same person.

You can call them on 0800 471 4768 and leave a message or you can email them direct at

Addiction - useful Links


We Are With You - 0800 206 1460 (Support available on Islay: Stuart Toovey, 07974047380 and Ailsa Wilson, 07414564551 who visit Islay monthly)

Drinkline - 0800 7314 314

Alcoholics Anonymous - 08457 69 75 55

Al Anon - 020 7403 0888

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs - 0808 10 10 11

NHS 24 - 111

Women's Support


Women’s Aid

If you want to talk in confidence with one of the support workers, please phone or Email them and they will arrange a mutually suitable time and location to meet. Please be aware that we now have one number for all Argyll areas which is 01369 706636.

Lines are open 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm (Monday-Friday).

Men's Support


Andy's Man Club

Men's Mental Health Support Groups running throughout the UK

Talking Groups for men who have either been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in life.

National Advice and Helpline


Scottish Action for Mental Health SAMH Information Service

Whether you’re seeking support, are looking for more information for you or someone you love, or if you just want to have chat about mental health, we’re here to help. You can also speak to an advisor through our Live Web Chat which will pop up when an advisor is available.

Available: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

Phone: 0344 800 0550




SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. We are normally open every day of the year from 4pm to 10pm on 0300 304 7000.

Anxiety UK (formerly the National Phobics Society):
03444 775 774

Support and help with anxiety conditions and phobias including panic attacks, ocds, body dysmorphic disorder, social phobia. Information, factsheets, tapes, self help guides. Extra services for members include therapy services at reduced rates, helpline, member contact list, discounts on products, chatroom.


Bipolar UK
0333 323 3880

National user led organisation working to enable people with manic depression to take control of their lives. Telephone information on anything to do with the condition including medication. Network of self help groups for people with depression, their relatives and friends. Self management training programme. Employment advice.

Borderline Support UK

Borderline Support UK exists to provide information and support to anyone affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which is sometimes also called Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

Their UK Support Directory provides information on mental health services in counties and regions across the whole of the UK.

BPD Helpline,

Information, advice, support for anyone with borderline personality disorder, family and friends.

Self-help Advice and Support

Steps to deal with Stress:

A simple interactive guide to stressing less and enjoying life more with free resources


This site is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Emotional problems are often the mind and body’s way of saying that something needs to be changed in our life.

Cool2Talk : This is a free, anonymous and confidential health information website for young people aged 12 and over where they can ask any questions or get in touch with a Counsellor

Mindfulness In a fast paced world, mindfulness is a practice that individuals and groups can do on a day-to-day basis to slow down and be aware of the here and now. It can enable you to change the way you think and feel about your experiences, especially stressful ones. As a mind-body approach, it can increase our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices. Mindfulness is both a skill and a way of living. It is about living in the present rather than being caught in the past or worrying all the time about the future. It’s knowing what’s going on inside your mind and body, and what’s going on in the outside world as well. On-line courses and regular 8-week courses are held throughout the region.


Find a counsellor or Psychotherapist

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