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If you are struggling to cope with how you are feeling and need to speak to someone, here is a list of services that you can access right now.


Police, Fire, Ambulance – 999

NHS 24 – 111

MHARS Helpline – 0800 118 2962

Call: 0800 118 2962
MHARS is your free confidential helpline if you are a Midlothian residents aged 18 – 65, experiencing mental health and wellbeing distress or crisis. Open daily 8 am to 10 pm. Call 111 when out of hours.

Over 65 years?
Contact your GP during working hours or 111 out of hours.


Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87 

Breathing Space is a free, confidential, phone and webchat service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Call: 0800 83 85 87 
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am. Friday to Monday 6pm to 6am 
For BSL: Breathing Space in BSL


Samaritans – 116 123

Call: 116 123 (open 24/7)

Samaritans is a free, confidential phone service offering support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.


CALM – 0800 58 58 58

Call: 0800 58 58 58 (open 5 pm to Midnight)

CALM is a free, confidential phone service offering support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.


Shout – text SHOUT to 85258

Text: SHOUT to 85258 (open 24/7)

Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text support service for anyone in the UK who is struggling to cope. 


SignHealth – Text DEAF to 85258

Text: DEAF to 85258 (open 24/7)
If you are deaf and experiencing a crisis, text DEAF to 85258 for free and immediate support


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