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  • Writer's pictureFiona Murray

Free help over the Holidays

Lots of the usual support services will be taking a break over the holidays so it’s worth knowing a few of the numbers which will be available:-

Breathing Space: (Scotland): Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm us. It helps to get some Breathing Space. Pick up the phone - we're here to listen. Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am - Need help now? Call free on 0800 83 85 87

CALM: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. You can talk to CALM about anything. Call the CALM helpline on 0800 58 58 58 or use their webchat here. The helpline and webchat are both open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

Childline: You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call us on 0800 1111 or chat to us online. (for anyone up to the age of 19) When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online. You can also send us an email from your locker. We’ll try to answer this within a day, but sometimes it can take a little longer. Childline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So you can talk to us any time. But we might not be able to talk for as long when it’s after midnight.

Giveusashout: Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text us from wherever you are in the UK. If you are struggling to cope and need to talk, our trained Shout Volunteers are here for you, day or night. If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 for immediate help.

Hub Of Hope: Find Mental Health Support in, and around, your area. The Hub of Hope website has a postcode search that you can use to find local services

Mind: Mind offer an information line to answer questions about: types of mental health problem, where to get help drug and alternative treatments, advocacy. Infoline: 0300 123 3393

The Samaritans: Call us any time, day or night - Whatever you're going through, you can call us any time, from any phone for FREE. Call 116 123

NHS: Find out how to access NHS mental health services and where to get urgent help.

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