Who to contact in a crisis

Mental health crisis support

If you, or someone you care for, is in immediate danger call 999.

If the crisis is not life threatening, call NHS 24 on their 24 hour phone line 111

Urgent mental health assessment

In the first instance you should try to contact your GP. If you do not have a GP, or your GP is not available, you should contact the Mental Health Assessment Service on their 24 hour phone line

0131 537 6000

This is an emergency assessment service based at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital and The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

Urgent social work assessment

If you or someone you know is at risk of harm, you should contact Social Care Direct for advice.


If you are looking for face to face support, but don't want an immediate assessment, Edinburgh Crisis Centre may be able to help. You can contact them

0808 801 0414 - 24 hour free helpline


You can also send a text to 07974 429 075

If you just want to speak with someone over the phone and are feeling suicidal or need emotional support, you can contact Samaritans on their 24 hour helpline

08457 90 90 90.

Your call is confidential and will be taken by a trained worker. Calls are at local call rates. 

If you are feeling depressed or have a low mood, you can phone to speak to a Breathing Space worker on their free helpline 

0800 83 85 87

You can call between 6pm and 2am Monday to Thursday, and Friday 6pm to Monday 6am.