Mental Health


Feeling Good App

Depression Anxiety & Stress . Available on website


Username: Edinchpq


Password: positive (Postcode of clinic is EH8 9DX)

Stop Breathe & Think     Meditation and mindfulness to help with stress
365 Gratitude

Positive thoughts, affirmations, mindfulness

   Courses on CBT and self compassion
Thought Diary    Useful if have had some CBT input for challenging negative thoughts

Useful Websites This is the main mental health website for Edinburgh. It contains lots of helpful information and links to self-help resources and information about local events, organisations and counselling agencies. Living Life to the Full – Free online cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety. A life skills course.

Free online cognitive behaviour therapy course to learn how to prevent and cope better with symptoms of anxiety and depression.   Online help for a range of emotional problems and guides you can print out including anxiety, depression, self esteem, sleep, anger.     Free online self help for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, self esteem, sleep, anger. It also has audio podcasts and video downloads which are available in English, Urdu and Polish. A local information system for Scotland – can help you find mental health services, homelessness support, money advice, foodbanks Mental health service based in Edinburgh

Computerised CBT

Beating The Blues is an online treatment programme that uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help people experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety.

It consists of 8 weekly 1 hour sessions that can be completed using a laptop.

Your GP needs to refer you for this.



A free Edinburgh Leisure card will entitle you to free access to swim, gym and fitness class visits at off peak times, for a 12 week period in Edinburgh Leisure facilities. Discounted leisure card prices apply at other times.

Guided Self Help

The service will see people who have a diagnosis of mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or insomnia.

  • The service is run by trained workers who receive clinical supervision, using cognitive behavioural therapy based workbooks and homework.
  • The patient's first assessment appointment will last about an hour.
  • Usually up to three 40-60 min sessions will then be offered (usually a few weeks apart) to review their progress.

Telephone Based Help

Living Life - for help with low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – working with a qualified therapist through a series of 6-9 telephone sessions.                                                                                                   

Guided Self Help – speaking with a self-help coach who guides you through a series of workbooks over 4-8 weeks. Call 0800 328 9655 Monday - Friday 1pm-9pm free from a landline                    

Stress Control Classes

Free 6 week evening classes; each week focuses on a different aspect of stress, how it affects us and how to cope with it. Classes are run in a lecture format with 20-40 people often attending during the day and up to 100 in the evening. You will never be asked to talk in front of the group or singled out. You will be given a booklet to accompany the class.

Contact: Health in Mind 0131 225 8508                                                                             Email                           

Dates of the next classes can be found on the Edspace website under Events.    

Coping with Anxiety Course

Small groups of up to 10 people where you can participate in discussion, share experiences and practice methods of managing anxiety. Telephone and register your interest by leaving your name and contact details on the answering machine. A course facilitator will then get in touch with you to tell you about the course and discuss if it’s right for you. Courses are run in various venues across Edinburgh. Each course lasts for an hour and a half each week, for 6 weeks.

Contact: 0131 537 8661            

Panic self help guides:

Drop In

The Mental Health Information Station runs every Thursday from 11am-3pm and is based at ‘A Sense of Some Place’ in the Walpole Hall (next to St Mary’s Cathedral), Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW.                                                                                                          


Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk confidentially about your experiences and feelings with someone who will listen carefully to help you look at your life and your feelings in order to seek possible changes.

Nearby counselling: PF Counselling 8 Balcarres Street, EH10 5JB. A donation is asked for.
  Co-Co Counselling in Communities  140 Pleasance, EH8 9RR. There is a fee for this service (student discounts and means tested apply).  It is their policy never to turn anyone away if they are unable to pay.
Complete list:  
Students:  University counselling – University of Edinburgh, Napier, and QMU all have services  
BACP - list of accredited psychologists (some with subsidised rates)  

Other Services

Drug use: Simpson house

Bereavement: CRUSE, ACORN

Post Traumatic Stress: Veterans first point, Rivers centre

Carer Support: VOCAL

Self Harm: Penumbra gives support to young people who self harm and people who experience mental health problems. We provide supported accommodation, respite care and peer support. This can be a longer term housing support service. Young people aged 16 – 25

Female support: Saheliya, Womens Aid, Link up womens support centre

Housing: Barony housing association offers emotional, social and practical support to adults who are vulnerable and who feel isolate.


Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Mon 6pm-6am. Free national confidental helpline. 
Samaritans 0131 229 9999 Local branch 9am – 10pm.                            
  0845 790 9090 National confidential helpline 24hours                 

Edinburgh Crisis Centre - offers sensitive, one to one support and information on a primarily face-to-face basis. The centre also provides a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required.  

0808 801 0414 Local confidential helpline 24 hours              
07974 429 075  Text number


NHS 24 

111                         Available 24 hours