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Breathing Space Scotland offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We support adults,...


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Parentline (Scotland) offers free and confidential support over phone and online chat. We exist to help everyone in Scotland...


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Need advice on how to support a loved one? Contact a helpline in Scotland today.

Watching a loved one experience what resembles an emotional crisis can be hard. It's normal to be worried and to wonder how and whether you can help. There are 3 hotlines in Scotland that you can contact for free advice, if your loved one is experiencing any of the following:

  • They always seems to be down or in a low mood.
  • They seem to believe things that seem very strange or frightening to you.
  • They've recently experienced a significant life event like a break up or a death.
  • They are seeing or hearing things that are not really there.
  • They have harmed themselves.
  • They seem to have a “I don’t care” attitude.
  • They appear to be consumed by their thoughts and in their own world.
  • They have become highly self-critical.

When someone you love opens up to you about difficult thoughts and feelings, not knowing how to respond is very normal. Yet it can make you feel helpless and cause you distress. Fortunately, there are lots of simple ways you can show your support.

You can get guidance on how best to support a loved one you're worried about by contacting a helpline in Scotland. Helpline supporters can provide you with useful advice and resources so that you feel more empowered to help the person you care about.


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