Mental health and wellbeing strategy

Strategy laying out our approach to improving mental health for everyone in Scotland.

1. Sources of support

Some of the content in this Strategy may have an emotional impact on you. Support is always available, and some of the national sources of help are listed here.

Mind to Mind

If you're feeling anxious, stressed or low, or having problems sleeping or dealing with grief, find out how you can improve your mental wellbeing by hearing what others have found helpful by visiting

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is Scotland's free, confidential listening service for individuals over 16 experiencing symptoms of low mood, depression or anxiety. You can contact them on 0800 83 85 87 Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 2am and 24 hours a day at weekends (from 6pm Friday to 6am Monday).


Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support 24/7 for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. You can contact Samaritans free by phoning 116 123 or emailing

NHS 24 Mental Health Hub

NHS 24 mental health services are available to everyone in Scotland. The services available include listening, offering advice and guiding you to further help if required. The Mental Health Hub is open 24/7 and you can contact them on 111.


Childline is a free service for children and young people for when they need support or advice. It is open 24/7, and there are many ways to get help. You can call 0800 1111 or visit their website



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