Breathing Space

Breathing Space operates a confidential free helpline offering advice on a number of mental health issues including anxiety and depression.

0800 83 85 87
Weekdays: Open Mon- Thurs, 6pm-2am
Weekends: Fri 6pm – Mon 6am

Dementia Helpline

0808 8083000
Open 24-hours
This freephone service is operated by Alzheimer Scotland and provides information on many aspects of dementia including care, treatment and finances.
Substance Misuse


0800 731 4314 open from 8am to 11pm
Telephone support for people who are concerned about their own drinking or who are worried about a friend or family member.

Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre (GDCC)

0141 420 6969
Open 24-hours

The GDCC operates a 24-hour needle exchange and telephone advice helpline which offers support and information on drug related issues.

NHS Inform

0800 22 44 88
Open 8am – 10pm, 7 days

This service can give you details of all pharmacies, GP practices, and dental practices in Scotland. They can also give you information about illnesses and conditions, treatments, NHS services and other support services.

Social Work Standby Services

Out of hours services for anyone requiring urgent social work support that cannot wait until usual office hours.


01224 693936
Opening hours – Monday to Thursday 4.30 p.m. to midnight.

  • Friday – 4 p.m. to midnight.
  • Weekends, Public Holidays – 8.30 a.m. to midnight
  • This service provides out of hours emergency social work support within the City of Aberdeen.


0845 8400070
Opening hours – Monday to Friday 5.00 pm to 8.45 am
Saturday and Sunday 8.45 am to 8.45 am

This service is available for anyone in the Aberdeenshire area experiencing personal or family problems that reach a crisis at nights, weekends or bank holidays.

Dundee and Angus

01382 432270
Opening hours – Weekdays 4.30 pm to 9.30 am
Weekends 4.30 pm (Friday) to 9.30 am (Monday)
All public holidays are covered on a 24 hour basis.

Anyone in Angus and Dundee City who has an urgent problem or crisis can call the service. This may be someone experiencing problems with children, families or those receiving or requiring a community care service.


0800 811505
Open 24-hours, 365 days a year

This freephone service operates out of office hours to provide emergency social work counseling and intervention in cases which are too urgent to await action the following day.

The team is based in Glasgow but covers eleven local authority areas in the West of Scotland:

  • Argyll & Bute
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • West Dunbartonshire