*This page was last updated on 26 March 2020
The current outbreak of Covid-19 (also known as Coronavirus) has caused disruption to mental health and wellbeing services in Edinburgh. During this time, some information on Edspace may be out-of-date.
We want to make sure that you are receiving up-to-date and reliable information. In light of the current situation, we recommend you contact the service provider before trying to access any face-to-face service found on Edspace.
We are in the process of contacting service providers and will add service updates to this page. Services are listed in alphabetical order.
Click on the links below to be taken to the relevant section of this page.
6VT Youth Cafe
6VT have set a virtual drop-in on Mondays at 7.00 pm. All young people welcome. 6VT Youth Workers will be running the virtual drop-ins as normal.
You can contact the tea on messenger for private support or if you are a young person crisis.
For more information and updates, go to the 6VT Youth Cafe Facebook page – www.facebook.com/6VTYouth
Alma Project Edinburgh
All activities have been cancelled.
Bipolar Scotland Self-help Group
All groups have been cancelled.
All activities at Bridgend Farmhouse have been suspended until further notice.
CAPS Independent Advocacy
Collective advocacy groups will now be running online. To find out more, you can get in touch with the collective advocacy workers directly on:
Ele – firstname.lastname@example.org 07948 740 158
Fingal – email@example.com 07989 402 612
Jacob – firstname.lastname@example.org 0791 0983 030
Niamh – email@example.com
Pam – firstname.lastname@example.org 07989 402 634
Victoria – email@example.com 07436 102 762
Anne – firstname.lastname@example.org 07469 660 999
All LEARN courses have been postponed for now. You can get in touch with the team by email email@example.com
All face-to-face services have been suspended until further notice.
For young people being supported one-to-one, the Canongate Youth team will be in touch with you directly.
For everyone else, all staff can still be contacted via e-mail, phone and through social media.
CHAI – Community Help and Advice Initiative
CHAI is still available to provide advice and information over the phone. To book a telephone appointment please phone 0131 442 2100.
In the meantime, to assist anyone who is impacted by job losses, reductions in hours or short-time working as a consequence of the Coronavirus outbreak, CHAI’s Factsheet (below) gives advice on what benefits you may be able to claim, and who to contact.
Craigmillar Community Grows
All my groups are now closed apart from the walking group on Thursdays at 12.00 pm starting at the Wauchope garden.
Staff will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays till groups resume.
Counselling and drop-in services have been affected and Crew 2000 is offering scaled-back services.
Current counselling clients will be updated of any changes and drop-in hours of service may also change at short notice.
EARS Independent Advocacy Service (SCIO)
EARS is currently only providing statutory advocacy (for example, Adult Protection, Mental Health Act or Adults with Incapacity referrals) for the time being. This is across all services.
Edinburgh Carers Council (ECC)
All collective advocacy and peer groups in March and April have been suspended. The team are transferring face-to-face appointments to telephone contact and online contact. Messages will be picked up daily from the mainline 0131 322 8480 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocacy workers will keep in touch with you during these restrictions. The ECC office will be closed to visitors and staff will be working from home.
You can make a new referral by phone or email. Advocacy at Mental Health Tribunals is still available until further notice.
We will provide updates through the ECC website – www.edinburghcarerscouncil.co.uk
Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Closed for overnight and face-to-face support. Providing telephone, text, and email support 24/7
Freephone: 0808 801 0414
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre has suspended referrals to the Edinburgh Adult Service that offers support for adult survivors across the City.
You can also contact the Rape Crisis Scotland national helpline on 0888 01 03 02 (open every day from 6.00 pm until midnight) for support.
If you have experienced sexual assault in the past 7 days, please contact us on email@example.com
Eric Liddel Centre
Clients will no longer be able to attend the Eric Liddell Centre Day Care Service due to a pause in service provision, which will continue until further notice.
Alternative arrangements are being made to ensure that clients personally, or someone they care for, will continue to receive the support needed to remain at home and they will be contacted to confirm what these arrangements are. This may include home visits, telephone contact or alternative arrangements to meet individual needs.
If you require any further details or wish to discuss this further, please call the Day Care Manager, Caroline Heenan on 0131 357 1273.
All care related services have been suspended – Carers Programme, Befriending Service, Caring Soles (footcare service) and our Lunch Break Programme. Staff will be in contact with service users to discuss how the team might be able to provide alternative support in the present circumstances.
If you require any further details please contact the front desk on 0131 447 4520 who will connect you with the correct member of staff.
Fair Advice Edinburgh
The Fair Advice team are still available by email FAIR@fairadvice.org.uk and phone 0131 6621962
First Hand Lothian
All face-to-face services have been suspended.
There will be no visits until Government advice changes regarding contact. Family support is available by phone.
The team are now working from home and contactable by email and/or mobile.
Grassmarket Community Project
- The Café is closed at the Grassmarket Centre (to all members, customers, staff and volunteers)
- The Members programme has closed for now, to members.
- It will re-open pending further advice or information when it is suggested it is safe to do so. There will be no members lunches served for now.
- Woodwork will remain open and be operated by paid staff and apprentices only
- Open Door Meals 5.30 pm (Monday’s service/support to the homeless) will be a take-away sandwich and soup service only from the service door behind the café so no one needs to enter the building. If attending – please collect food and do not stay in the courtyard – this is to enable others to attend and keep people safe next to the road
For more info, please go to Grassmarket Community Project Update
Granton Information Centre
Face-to-face advice has been suspended and outreaches have also been cancelled until further notice.
If you need telephone advice or you are an existing client and want an update on your case then please call 0131 551 2459 or 0131 552 0458 during our opening hours.
Health All Round
Health All Round is offering telephone support only for people experiencing low mood and anxiety. A Polish service is also available.
Lines are open:
Monday, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Wednesday, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Thursday, 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Health in Mind
For a full update on Health in Mind services and access to free resources, go to the Health in Mind website – www.health-in-mind.org.uk
Health Opportunities Team
All drop-in and groups have been suspended.
Workers will still be available for 15-minute confidential consultations and these can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out their Facebook page which is regularly being updated with service information and self-help ideas.
You can phone the HIV Scotland Coronavirus Helpline between 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday on 0131 558 3713.
For more information about HIV (and PrEP) and Covid-19, please go to www.hiv.scot/coronavirus
Home Link Family Support
Home Link Family Support is available on the phone during the virus situation, but volunteers can’t visit families at home at the moment.
Home Link Family Support has decided that:
• Volunteers will no longer be visiting families
• Staff will no longer be visiting families
• If Home Link already support you, the team will be in contact soon via phone/Whatsapp/Skype/email and will contact you regularly to offer as much help as we can
• If you have recently been referred to Home Link, a member of the team will phone you as soon as we can
• Home Link is still accepting referrals but the time frame for actioning these may be longer. The team are checking our secure email regularly and you can contact the office should you wish to discuss a referral.
• Home Link will continue to liaise with referrers
• Home Link have got loads of ideas about how you can entertain your children at home – Check out Facebook for ideas.
The staff team are available on the phone during usual working hours and these arrangements are under constant review so please contact the office in the first instance on 0131 661 0890
Leave a message if no-one picks up, and a team member will get back to you ASAP
Home Start Edinburgh West/South West
The staff team can provide telephone or digital support at this time but cannot visit families at home at the moment. If you already receive support, the staff team will be in touch over the next few days to find out how you would like support to continue. If you have recently been referred to the service, the team will telephone you in the first instance.
Home Start Edinburgh West/South West has made a number of Facebook posts with play ideas, links to benefit advice and links to services that help us all look after our mental health with useful tips and information.
The staff team are available on the phone during usual working hours and all staff have access to a mobile telephone for work so you can call them during office hours.
You can leave a message on 0131 564 1540 and we will get back to you. Alternatively, send an email to email@example.com or message us through Facebook. A team member will get back to you ASAP.
Home Start Leith & North East Edinburgh
Home Start Leith & North East Edinburgh has temporarily suspended services but will still be available on the phone.
You can call or text the team during working hours on 07532 373115 / 07815 313296.
Juno Perinatal Mental Health Support
All Juno Perinatal Mental Health Support groups have been cancelled for the forseeable future.
LGBT Youth Scotland
LGBT Youth Scotland’s face to face youth services will be put on hold with youth workers delivering online groups at current group times and arranging digital one to one meetings with young people directly. LGBT Youth Scotland’s live chat service will continue to run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm.
For more information, go to www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/news/2020/coronavirus-covid-19-announcement
Living Well North Edinburgh
Living Well North Edinburgh’s offices have closed but the team are offering different types of support online.
Check out their Facebook page for more information – www.facebook.com/livingwellnorthedinburgh
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL)
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) has cancelled all of its groups between now and at least the end of May – potentially June. The team are in the process of trying to be able to host these groups via Zoom – if you are interested in taking part in these groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link Up Women’s Support Centre
Link Up Women’s Support Centre has suspended its service but the team are still available on 0131 661 9292.
Multi-cultural Family Base
The Multi-cultural family base offices have close but the staff team is working from home where possible, however, and if you contact us on 0131 467 7052 during office hours (Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm), your call will be diverted to a duty worker. Please leave a message if your call is out of these working hours.
For more updates, go to:
North East Edinburgh Counselling Service (NEECS)
For people already using this service, a team member will be contacting people directly with updates regarding how we will continue their individual support.
If you have any questions, please call 0131 557 4478, call or text 07498 520 377 or email email@example.com
All groups and drop-ins have been cancelled This is in order to adopt ‘social distancing’ as is recommended by our Government.
One-to-one telephone appointments are still available. you can arrange this by contacting on the Number 6 coordinators.
One Parent Families Scotland
One Parent Families Scotland has suspended face-to-face work in Edinburgh. This includes groups, courses and one-to-one support.
The organisation will continue to be available for single parents and their children. For the families already receiving support, staff will continue to provide support in local areas through phone calls, texts and local Facebook groups. For single parents outwith those areas or who have not yet been supported by our local teams, you can access support through the Helpline, webchat and ‘ask a question’ function on the One Parent Families Scotland website.
Out and About
All Out and About groups have been cancelled. The team are posting updates and video exercises on Facebook – www.facebook.com/OutandAboutEd
Parents of Autism Spectrum Disorder Adults (PASDA)
PASDA have suspended all groups. For more updates, go to their Facebook and Twitter pages.
PF Counselling is open, with some scheduled appointments going ahead, but many clients and counsellors are having to cancel.
Clients who are self-isolating or choose not to attend because of concern about coronavirus should email PF Counselling immediately to cancel their appointments.
Counsellor cancellations will be posted on the Cancellations page. Clients should check this page before telephoning, emailing, or attending for a scheduled appointment.
Any changes in these circumstances will be posted on the PF Counselling website and/or on social media.
Phonelink has increased capacity. The team can offer daily contact, 7 days a week, 365 days a year including welfare checks, prompt people to take their medications and reduce isolation for anyone aged 65 and over, living in Edinburgh.
Making a referral is easy, just email info@caringincraigmillar or call Kristin Armour on 0131 510 6930.
The Projekt 42 fitness warehouse has been closed. If you are in need and want to speak to the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For fitness and wellbeing ideas, go Projekt 42’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/Projekt42Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University Student Counselling Service
The Student Counselling Service at Queen Margaret University is carrying on but online – drop-ins, assessments and counselling sessions are being offered through via Microsoft Teams.
For general or urgent issues, please email email@example.com
Rainbow Recovery has stopped operating on a temporary basis due to the current guidance on COVID-19. The team will continue to offer support via telephone or through the social media private group. The group is bound by the same confidentiality rules and nobody other than group members can see your posts.
Richmond Hope Bereavement Service
All direct face-to-face services have been suspended. A further assessment of the situation will take place on Tuesday 14 April.
Richmond’s Hope will still offer support by telephone and email.
Phone Number: 0131 661 6818
Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution
SCCR has currently paused the direct delivery of our training and events. To access all our online free resources and content and to keep up to date as to our future plans, go to www.scottishconflictresolution.org.uk.
SEASONS has temporarily suspended activities and centre-based group sessions.
No new referrals will be accepted for the time being. Existing group members will be contacted by phone email, letters and texts on a weekly basis.
Shakti Women’s Aid
Shakti Women’s Aid has stopped face-to-face support. Women, children and young people will be supported through phone calls, WhatsApp and Facetime.
For updates, go to shaktiedinburgh.co.uk
Sleep Scotland Phoneline
The Sleep Scotland team will be working remotely until further notice, in line with current government guidance. This includes the Sleep Support Line. The team can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you know the team you wish to contact, please use the addresses below:
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
All SOBS groups have been suspended. The helpline and online forum is still operating as normal
The Dove Centre and Dove Transport
The Dove Centre has suspended all service user activities, classes and meals within the centre.
The staff team will be contacting all service users and intent to continue to provide meals via delivery as well as providing social activities to do at home.
For more updates, check out The Dove Centre and Dove Transport Facebook page – www.facebook.com/dovecentre
The Walk-in and drop-in service have been suspended until further notice. If you receive regular support from the Junction, your worker will get in touch with you directly.
Check out The Junction’s Facebook page for updates – www.facebook.com/TheJunctionEdinburgh
The Ripple Project
Open 9.00 am to 12.00 pm every day for food distribution, help with meals and as a point of contact for those most in need.
Address: 198 Restalrig Road South, Edinburgh, EH7 6DZ
Phone Number: 0131 554 0422
The Thistle Project
The Thistle Gym and the Centre of Wellbeing have closed for the forseeable future. Supported Living will continue and people currently being supported through health and wellbeing will be contacted in the next few days by Thistle staff.
For updates, go to the Thistle Project’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/pg/thistlefoundation
The Rock Trust
The Rock trust offices and drop-in have closed but staffs are still available on the phone and the team are out and about supporting young people.
Check out the Rock Trust’s website for more information and updates: www.rocktrust.org/get-help-now
Venture Scotland office is closed and all staff working from home. The team are continuing to try to support the young people currently engaging with our courses through digital media. The team are unable to offer face-to-face meetings, however, referrals can still be made via email (email@example.com) and by telephone 07495 836 248.
Veterans First Point
The drop-in service has been suspended until further notice. If you need assistance, please telephone during drop-in times (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm) and someone will be able to talk to you on 0131 220 9920.
All scheduled appointments will continue at their usual time over the telephone. The staff member will call you at your allocated time.
For updates, go to www.veteransfirstpoint.org.uk
VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian)
VOCAL has taken the following steps, effective from Wednesday 18 March 2020:
- Suspending all peer and training groups and exploring some online support options available
- Transferring all face-to-face contact to telephone contact and online support
VOCAL’s Edinburgh Carer Hub (60 Leith Walk) or Midlothian Carer Centre (30/1 Hardengreen Estate) will be closed to the public. These changes will remain under review and decisions on any further action will be based on the latest available Scottish Government and public health guidance.
Keep updated on VOCAL’s social media channels.
The Women in Self Help & Emotional Support (WISHES)
The group won’t be meeting for the foreseeable future but will keep giving peer support to members by via telephone.
Waverley Care has released a full statement about how Covid-19 will effect its services –www.waverleycare.org/news/coronavirus-covid-19-announcement-were-suspending-person-support-services
Edinburgh Women’s Aid
Group work has been suspended face to face work with clients has been limited – replacing this where possible with telephone support.
If you need support over the coming weeks please call our support line 0131 315 8110. If the line is busy, please leave a message and someone will call you back.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Thursday: 10.00 am – 7.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
During the coronavirus pandemic, Anxiety UK has extended its helpline hours to provide additional support in the evenings until 10.00 pm and over the weekend between 10.00 am -8.00 pm.
Phone: 03444 775774
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, stress, depression or anxiety.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Monday to Thursday – 6.00 pm – 2.00 am
Friday to Monday – 6.00 pm – to 6.00 am
For people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
Every day, 5.00 pm – 12.00 am
Hopeline is a confidential support and advice service for:
- Children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
- Anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Phone: 0800 068 4141
A confidential and unbiased service offering help, information and support for people with OCD, carers and anyone who is concerned that they, or their friends or relatives, may have OCD or a related disorder.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 or 020 7253 2664
Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 8.00 pm
LGBT Health and Wellbeing Helpline
The helpline provides information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. The team also provide support to those questioning or wanting to discuss their sexuality or gender identity.
Phone: 0300 123 2523
Tuesday and Wednesday between 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Between 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Samaritans offer confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide.
Phone: 116 123
Open every day, all day
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.
Phone: 0300 304 7000
every day of the year 4.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline is for all LGBT people across the UK.
Everyday, 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone:0300 330 0630
Beat eating disorders
Beat support people who have or are worried they have an eating disorder, as well as others affected, such as friends and family members.
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Student line: 0808 801 0811
Youth line: 0808 801 0711
Beat helplines are open 365 days a year from 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm during the week, and 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm on weekends and bank holidays.
If the lines are busy and you can’t get through immediately, please do try again or try the one-to-one webchat.
Rape Crisis Scotland
The Rape Crisis Scotland helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone, email and text. It is for anyone aged 13 and over, of any gender, affected by any form of sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.
Phone: 08088 01 03 02
Text: 077537 410 027
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
The helpline supports anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. The team provide a confidential, sensitive service to anyone who calls.
Phone: 0900 027 1234
Survivors UK supports men who have been sexually abused.
A chat service for men who have experienced sexual abuse either as a child or an adult and allows you to have a confidential one-to-one chat with one of the trained helpliners.
Text: 020 3322 1860
Whatsapp: 074 9181 6064
Al-Anon helpline is for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking.
Phone: 0800 0086 811
Every day, 10.00 am – 10.00 pm, 365 days a year.
Please do not leave a message as, to ensure callers’ confidentiality, the team are unable to return calls.
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a fellowship, offering information and support to people affected by addiction to cocaine and other mind and mood-altering substances.
Phone: 0800 612 0225
Drinkline runs a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s.
Phone: 0300 123 1110
Weekdays, 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Weekends, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Know the Score
Confidential drugs information and advice.
Phone: 0333 230 9468
Scottish Families Affected by Drugs & Alcohol
If you are concerned about someone’s alcohol or drug use, contact Scottish Families Affected by Drugs & Alcohol. Available 9.oo am-11.00 pm Monday to Friday and as a call-back service on weekends.
Phone: 08080 10 10 11
Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 11.00 pm
Call back service on weekends.
Talk to Frank
Talk to Frank for friendly, confidential drugs information and advice.
Webchat and email advice are also available, along with a wide range of online resources on the Frank website.
The Age Scotland Helpline
Information and advice for older people.
Phone: 0800 12 44 222
Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Elder Abuse Helpline
The Elder Abuse Helpline offers free and confidential advice and support on:
- financial harm or exploitation
- physical abuse
- emotional or psychological abuse
- sexual harm or abuse
Phone: 080 8808 8141 (press 2 for Scotland)
Monday – Friday, 9.o0 am – 5.00 pm
Phone: 800 1111
Every day, 9.00 am – 12.00 am
For more information, go to www.childline.org.uk
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. The team can help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
A crisis messenger text service providing free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. The service is for people aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or are in crisis.
Text THEMIX to 85258
Lone Parent Helpline
The Lone Parent Helpline offers emotional support and information for lone parents on a range of topics, including:
- child maintenance
- welfare benefits and tax credits
Phone: 0808 801 0323.
Monday – Friday, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
ParentLine Scotland is the free, confidential helpline run by Children 1st. Its highly trained call-takers offer help, advice, information, reassurance or just a friendly listening ear to stressed parents or carers.
Phone: 08000 28 22 33
Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9.00am – 12:00pm
ACE IT Online Shopping Helpsheet
The purpose of this helpsheet is to help you walk through the steps to set up and then effectively use supermarket shopping.
Download the helpsheet here – ACE IT Online Shopping Helpsheet
Community Health and Advice Initiative (CHAI)
CHAI has put together an excellent resource on how to claim benefits during Codi-19.
Download here – How to claim during Covid-19
CHAYN is a global volunteer network addressing gender-based violence by creating intersectional survivor-led resources online.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS have a comprehensive list of online resources for children, young people and their family/carers.
Click here to view the CAMHS online resource page – services.nhslothian.scot/camhs/Resources/Pages/Online-Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for professionals
People who work in health and care settings should be extra vigilant about any new or developing symptoms. Check out this webpage for more advice – www.nhsinform.scot
A mindful approach to helping your team through the current global crisis.
Health in Mind
Health in Mind service updates and free resources.
Mind is a mental health charity based in England but has a lot of online resources to support you during Covid-19
Safe Lives have a collecti0n of resources to help adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them, during Covid-19.
SCVO Coronavirus Directory
Search for support in your area, including:
- Emotional/social support
- Food/grocery delivery
- Information and advice
Online Directory: www.covid-19.scvo.org.uk
Staying well while social distancing
NHS Lothian Occupational Therapists have developed a fantastic resource to help you stay well while you are social distancing.
Click here to download the document – Staying well while social distancing