On this page you will find different ways of accessing support for your mental health and wellbeing. In the first section you will find support services offered by the University of Edinburgh. As you scroll down, there are external sources of support that may be of use to you. If you feel that your life or that of someone you know is in imminent danger, or you need emergency assistance, you should call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital.

Sources of support

University of Edinburgh Services

Staff and Student Counselling

The Counselling Service offers support to both staff and students.
Counselling Services


The Chaplaincy is a University provision of pastoral and spiritual support for students and staff regardless of faith.

Prescribe culture

Prescribe Culture is the University Museums heritage-based, non-clinical health, social care and wellbeing support initiative.
Prescribe Culture

Student Disability Services

The Student Disability Service provides support for students who have a health condition, disability or neurodiverse condition such as dyslexia or autism, or a temporary injury which affects their studies.
Student Disability Services

24/7 Sources of External Sources of Support:


Samaritans offers emotional support available 24 hours a day through helplines run by volunteers.

Samaritans contact details
Samaritans Edinburgh branch location

Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Edinburgh Crisis Centre is open to any Edinburgh resident who is 16+ and experiencing a mental health crisis.
Edinburgh Crisis Centre contact details


Shout is a text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.
Text: 85258

Outside the UK

The Therapy Route

The Therapy Route is a comprehensive list of suicide hotlines, crisis lines, and helplines from all around the world.
The Therapy Route

In an Emergency

If you feel your life is in imminent danger or need emergency assistance, you should call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital.