Who We Are

Key Partners involved in the development and running of edspace:

  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • CAPS
  • Choose Life
  • Edinburgh Carers Council
  • Edinburgh Community Health Partnerships (CHP’s)
  • Edinburgh Crisis Centre
  • Edinburgh Users Forum
  • Health in Mind
  • NHS Lothian
  • Patient’s Council
  • People who use the website
  • Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Edspace is managed by Health in Mind.

Edspace receives funding from City of Edinburgh Council.

A bit of background

You may be aware that in 2005, City of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian commissioned Infusion to undertake a comprehensive, consultative review of the InTouch information service. The main recommendation from this review was that InTouch should evolve into a web based service. The report also recommended that the project stay within the mental health community and be managed by an organisation with information provision expertise.

Following the review, City of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian commissioned initial work from Health in Mind to explore the web based information service, as it provides a specialist mental health Information Resource Centre locally based in Edinburgh.

In December 2005 a steering group was established to develop the project including: City of Edinburgh Council / NHS Lothian / Edinburgh Crisis Centre / Choose Life / CAPS / Edinburgh User Forum / Edinburgh Carers Council / Patients Council / health in mind.

This group has evolved into an Advisory Group, which assists with database monitoring and development.

Edspace aims

The aims of the database are to:

  • Signpost people to appropriate mental health services in Edinburgh
  • Enable people to make informed choices in their treatment and care
  • Inform people of factors influencing positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Enable people to access services and information which may be of benefit to them or someone they support

Guiding Principles

The Advisory Group will take collective responsibility to:

  • Provide appropriate advice, information and support to help Edspace fulfil its aims
  • Make final decisions regarding content where this may be controversial
  • Monitor website accessibility – in terms of language, as well as design and content
  • Monitor feedback, including complaints and make decisions / advise on changes where appropriate

Edspace content is provided by ‘Expert Authors’ including: service providers; mental health professionals; carers; and service users.  Content is monitored and approved by the Edspace Team and the Advisory Group.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the Advisory Group will provide information in good faith, but cannot be responsible for any inaccuracies or any liability arising from information provided by other agencies.  Neither can they give advice nor recommend a specific service; inclusion in the database does not constitute a recommendation.


Complaints in the first instance should be made to health in mind as the service provider.  A copy of our complaints procedure is available by accessing the resource section of the site.

If you would like support through a complaints procedure, an Advocacy service may be able to help.  Please see our Service Directory for Advocacy services, also find further information on the role of Advocacy services by clicking here.


Consultation is ongoing, and the project aims to involve as many agencies and individuals as possible in developing and implementing the website. For more detailed information on the project and how you can get involved please get in touch with us.