Crisis support

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis now, there are several people you can call for help.

 Service Number Opening hours What is it?
The Samaritans 116 123 24 hours A National Service for anything that is worrying you.
Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 801 0414 24 hours Support for people experiencing a mental health crisis
NHS 24 111 Outside GP opening hours Critical health support, including mental health.
Breathing Space 0800 838 587 Evenings and weekends: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am Friday 6pm to Monday 6am A confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.
Shout text 'Shout' to 85258 24 hours Free, confidential 24/7 text support service.

Not in the UK?

If you’re not in the UK and need mental health support urgently you can look up crisis lines in your country by clicking on the following links

Helplines and crisis-lines from around the world

Befrienders Worldwide

You can also contact the University for support through the University Security 24/7 contact number.


University of Edinburgh Security 24/7

Out of hours support

Contact details