Support for young people during COVID-19 limitations


Reaching out


Support offered



Call 999 in case of emergency.

Social Work


If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, or if you need emergency housing, please phone Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324 open - Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 3.55pm. The emergency number is: 0131 200 2324 during the opening hours above. The Emergency Social Work Service (ESWS) is open during out of hours – Tel: 0800 731 6969. Freephone.

Mental Health Assessment Service


Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) is an emergency service at the Royal Infirmary for anyone in a mental health crisis or in need of a mental health assessment. Tel: 0131 537 6000

More info:



Shelter’s Free Housing Advice Line – Tel: 0808 800 4444 (8am – 12midnight)
Provides free and confidential advice on housing problems and rights. Or chat online.


Edinburgh Crisis Centre

AGE 16+

Support for those in times of mental health crisis.

Text, calls & email – all 24/7   Call: 08088010414   Email: [email protected]

Text: 07974429075




AGE: 0-18

Chat to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone between 9am-midnight.

1-2-1 chats are available online via the website too.

Email support is also available.

See;  and

Breathing Space




For anyone. Confidential phone line where you can speak to someone from a mental health or counselling background. Freephone on: 0800 83 85 87. 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday), 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).





For anyone. If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support you can contact Samaritans on 116 123. This is a freephone number and open 24/7.

Or you could email and get an email response – [email protected]

For more info please go to:


Check Edinburgh council website for updates on local services; Updates regularly!

LGBT youth




AGE: 13-25

For YP in the LGBT community. Live chat service will continue to run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm – 8pm.

See this link for all of the details; 

Rock Trust

AGE: 14-25

For YP facing or at risk of homelessness (including those with tension/ difficult relationships at home).  1:1 work is being continued via online/ telephone. Still taking referrals for art wellbeing support online but assessments will be made via online/ telephone. Young people can still speak to workers for advice and to arrange access to emergency support including food and toiletry parcels. They can also contact a worker for advice on their job situation, support around applying for statutory sick pay/ universal credit and any other financial worry. Free sim cards and data packages for those needing support without access to money/ wifi.  Please phone 0131 557 4059 between 9am and 5pm any weekday and ask to speak to the Duty team. Or visit;


AGE: 16-26

6VT have set a virtual drop-in on Mondays at 7.00 pm. All young people welcome. 6VT Youth Workers will be running the virtual drop-ins as normal.

You can contact the team on messenger for private support or if you are a young person in crisis. For more information and updates, go to the 6VT Youth Cafe Facebook page -

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre

AGE: 12-18 + 18+

You can contact the Rape Crisis Scotland national helpline on 0888 01 03 02 (open every day from 6.00 pm until midnight) for phone support.

If you have experienced sexual assault in the past 7 days, please contact us on [email protected] - support is available!!

Health all round

AGE: 16+

Health All Round is offering telephone support for people experiencing low mood and anxiety. A Polish service is also available. Lines are open: Monday, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, Wednesday, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm, Thursday, 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Health Opportunities Team

AGE: 12-25

Workers will still be available for 15-minute confidential consultations and these can be booked by emailing; [email protected]

Check out their Facebook page which is regularly being updated with service information and self-help ideas.


AGE: 0-18 & 18+

Support around domestic abuse, forced marriage and more for black, and minority ethnic groups - Women, children and young people will be supported through phone calls, WhatsApp and Facetime. Please visit; or call 0131 4752399 during 9am-5pm.

Survivors of Bereaved by Suicide

AGE: 18+

Support for those effected by someone dying by suicide. The helpline and online forum is still operating as normal. Email: [email protected], Helpline:  0300 111 5065, 9.o0 am to 9.00 pm, Monday to Friday, Online Forum:

The Ripple Project


Open 9.00 am to 12.00 pm every day for food distribution, help with meals and as a point of contact for those most in need. Address: 198 Restalrig Road South, Edinburgh, EH7 6DZ, Call: 0131 554 0422, Email: [email protected]

Edinburgh Women’s Aid

AGE: 0-18 & 18+

Telephone support around domestic abuse. If you need support over the coming weeks please call our support line 0131 315 8110. If the line is busy, please leave a message and someone will call you back. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday– 10am–3pm, Thursday: 10am–7pm, Saturday: 10-1pm



AGE: 16+

Support around self-harm. Still accepting referrals via email, with assessments being carried out on the phone or by Whatsapp call. One-to-one support is continued by online calls. See; or call: 0131 221 9607

The Junction, young people, health & wellbeing

Current clients will receive support by telephone.

Drop-in service has moved online.... Digital Drop-in – open to all yp in Edinburgh aged 12-21 for wellbeing support. Emotional, listening, advice, signposting and self-care support is offered via 30 minute engagements. YP to text or email to request support and the worker will get back in contact to arrange a time with yp. Can use the service as often as needed. Email: [email protected] or text 07758348850.

LGBT Health and Wellbeing



AGE: 18+

Open every Tues and Weds (12-9pm).  Extended phone hours temporarily on Thurs (12-6pm), but no online chat at this time. Call 0300 123 2523, Email [email protected] or Chat from 3pm on: Deaf BSL users or hard of hearing people can phone us through contactScotland-bsl, email or chat to us on our website.

You can also join a private group on their Facebook page to take part in an open mic session. @lgbthealthy

Edinburgh Young Carers



AGE: 5-25

Support young people who care for, or who is impacted by, someone at home with physical or mental ill health or who is a substance user.  Currently offering phone or text support.  You can contact them on 0131 4752322.  They are also providing some interactive activities on their Facebook page @Edinburghyoungcarers

Clan Childlaw

AGE: Up to 18 or 21 if you have been looked after

Deliver free, confidential legal advice to young people. 

Call on 0808 129 0522 to help with any questions or enquiries about your rights and how the law affects you. 

Citizens Advice Edinburgh



Provide free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on things such as foodbank vouchers, money advice, benefits, housing, family problems, health services and legal rights. They are reviewing current government Covid-19 support to give up-to-date advice on what you might be entitled to.  Telephone helpline open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  Call 0131 510 5510. 

Chalmers Centre (NHS Lothian Sexual Health)




For an appointment, go to and click on BOOK APPOINTMENT.  They will continue to provide care for urgent problems including medical abortion, pain or distressing symptoms and STIs.  All local clinics apart from Howden are closed.

To self-refer to the ABORTION SERVICE phone 0131 536 2454 between 9am-3pm Monday to Friday. This service has no answer phone, please call back if it rings out as staff will be on another call. Regular HIV appointments will be by telephone. They will try to provide contraception if this is not available from GP or pharmacy – Go to BOOK APPOINTMENT. Condoms by post will try to continue, but there may be delays -


AGE: 0-19 and their families/professionals (any age)

Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The Mermaids Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm (times may vary on Bank Holidays). Call 0800 801 0400, it’s confidential.


Multi-Cultural Family Base


For those in different cultures who may need support in any way. Our staff team is working from home now, however, if you contact us on 0131 467 7052 during office hours (Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5pm), your call will be diverted to a duty worker. Please leave a message if you are unable to speak to us immediately as we will be checking for messages at least once a day. Please also follow us on social media for the latest news. Facebook - @mcultural1; Twitter @mcfb1; Instagram @mcfb98.

Venture Trust

1:1 support and coaching still offered by phone for; wellbeing, employability support, advice, self-care, coronavirus support self-isolation support, self development and more. Relaxed the referral criteria for phone support so all yp are eligible. All face to face engagements are on hold. Still taking referrals. Contact [email protected].



Online resources


Support offered


Edinburgh Council website with updates to various helplines. Go halfway down the page through this link:

Young Scot

AGE: 12-25

Information, advice, tips, apps, reassurances and self-care/ wellbeing/ management of anxiety, worry or panic during crisis and coronovirus. All resources available online.

See this links for all of the details;

World Health Organisation

Helpful and simple resource for coping with stress during Covid19...



Online tips and lists to enable you to look after your wellbeing during this situation.

Tips of creating routines, staying connected, keeping active, keep your mind stimulated etc. Please see:

Crew 2000

AGE: 18+

Information, resources and tips on how to reduce harm if you are choosing to take substances during the coronavirus outbreak.



AGE: 14-25

Conflict resolution: Help, information and guidance/ support if you have any conflict or difficult relationships at home.

See: to learn more and take a fun test and learn about your emotions and how to manage them during these conflicts.

Other information about arguments and conflicts and why we may have them, including tips, resources and real stories see-

Universal Credit

For advice on access to benefits and to check your entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay or universal credit, please visit;

To talk through any of this with a support worker, please contact the Rock Trust – information provided above.

Edinburgh Council

Self-help resources, online booklets, packs, apps, information, advice, how to manage and more are available for all mental health difficulties. Please go to;

Health in Mind

Online information about Coronavirus and how to manage anxiety and worry around this.


General mental health information, self-help resources and tips, support all available online at:

Young Minds

Online young people specific mental health advice, support, information and resources -

They have put together some specific information on how to look after your mental health during this time.

You can text the Young Minds messenger 24/7 if you need urgent mental health help.  Text YM to 85258.  Texts are free from MOST providers.  Also on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.




Headspace is offering free access to their resources during this time. 

Go to:

Learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness to help you rest, sleep and move well using easy to follow resources. 

Insight Timer

Free app with thousands of free meditation tracks, relaxing music, body scans, tension release, emotion management, activities and many more. Download the app Insight Timer.

‘Feeling Good’ NHS app

Free access to the app given out usually by GP’s to help learn about and manage anxiety and low mood.





Support offered

Joe Wicks

Free PE/ exercise classes online at 9am every day. See his youtube channel, facebook or instagram.

Animal Zoo’s around the world

Free access to zoo camera’s at this time – watch animals, draw, relax, spend time outside of your home from online viewing. See:

Insight timer

Free app with thousands of free meditation tracks, relaxing music, body scans, tension release, emotion management, activities and many more. Download the app Insight Timer.

Broadway shows

Free access to live stream famous Broadway shows and theatre through BroadwayHD. See for more info:

Album/ music listening parties - virtually

 Celebrities and bands coming together to provide live streaming at 10pm on weekdays from March 23rd. Go to: or follow #timstwitterlisteningparty

House Party App


Keeping in social contact with those you love. Allows you to play games (pictionary, headsup and hundreds more) with your friends virtually. Download the app Houseparty or see the following for more information;

Disney Workouts

Follow some Disney inspired workouts to keep moving and break up your say.

Filmhouse Recommends

Film recommendations and film inspired playlists, articles to read, activities to try from Edinburgh FIlmhouse:


While schools are closed, Audible have made some favourite childhood books available to listen to for free -

Virtual museum tours round the world

Free virtual tours  of the Natural History Museums incl New York, DC and National Zoo. See:

Google Arts and Culture

Google's Arts and Culture section allows users to explore some of the wonders of the world online, including the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and more. See:

Home workouts

Free youtube home workouts to keep fit. See:


Learn a new language with daily tasks and bite size activities. Download the free app or go to

Free printable art

See: and


Free short courses to keep you learning. See:

Open Library

Free books. See:

Yoga at home

Free yoga classes online. See:

Hundreds of others available on youtube, just type in ‘yoga at home’.

Meditation for anxiety


Hundreds of others available on youtube, just type in ‘meditation for anxiety’.

Meditation for stress relief


Hundreds of others available on youtube, just type inn ‘meditation for stress relief’.

Home schooling videos/ lessons by celebs

David Attenborough, Danny Dyer, Liam Payne, Brian Cox and more, come together to give interesting Geography, History, Music, Space lessons and more! See