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Helplines in Scotland.

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Adults

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by...


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Youth

Breathing Space Scotland is a free, confidential, phone and webchat service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16...


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LGBTQ+

LGBT Helpline Scotland offers free and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here to help the LGBTQ+...


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Get free help for loneliness today from helpline in Scotland

There are 3 helplines you can call in Scotland if you're feeling lonely. Everyone feels lonely sometimes and there's no shame in seeking support. Loneliness can look like:

  • Wanting to connect with others but feeling held back by social anxiety.
  • Increased desire to binge-watch TV shows or movies.
  • Feeling that life is meaningless.
  • Connecting with people on a shallow level only.
  • Increased feelings of stress or anxiety.
  • Experiencing sleep problems such as insomnia, or interrupted sleep.
  • Feeling hopeless, like you'll be lonely forever.
  • Feeling that your physical and/or mental health is suffering.

Everybody is prone to feeling lonely, even in the company of others. It's especially common to feel lonely when you're not connecting with others in a meaningful way. When you're not connecting with others in a way that meets your social needs, you may feel extremely isolated.

Taking the first step to ask for support can feel daunting. You may not be sure what to expect or whether you'll be understood. However, helpline staff in Scotland are well-trained in helping people like you who are experiencing extreme loneliness. You will be treated with compassion and zero-judgement.

If you feel like you might need support with your feelings of loneliness, try reaching out to a hotline in Scotland. It's free and confidential.


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