Help & Support

If you have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be organisations which can provide support. The organisations we have listed below have kindly agreed to be mentioned on our website. Please bear in mind that they too are likely to have been affected by the pandemic if you experience any delays. All of these organisations are independent of the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry.

Breathing Space

Contact Breathing Space when you're feeling low. They are a free, confidential, phone and webchat service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call 0800 83 85 87 for support. Visit their website for opening hours.

Chest Heart Stroke Scotland

If you, or someone you know, is living with long covid, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is here to help. Call the CHS Scotland long covid advice line on 0808 801 0899 for advice about how to manage your condition, and information about the services and support available – including their long covid peer support group.

Childline

Childline is a free, confidential, 24-hour helpline for children and young people up to the age of 19. Childline can be contacted about any concern – online or by calling 0800 1111.

Citizen’s Advice Scotland

Scotland’s Citizens Advice Network empowers people in every corner of Scotland through local bureaux and national services by providing free, confidential, and impartial advice and information. People can get advice in local bureaux, through online advice pages or over the telephone. Scotland's Citizens Advice Helpline is open Monday - Thursday 9am to 3pm and Friday 9am to 12 noon on 0800 028 1456.

Cruse Scotland

Cruse Scotland offers support to people who are bereaved throughout Scotland. Services include information and advice; immediate support via the helpline on 0808 802 6161 and webchat services on their website; one-to-one listening support & counselling; specialist support for children and young people and group support and training for workplaces and groups.

Marie Curie Scotland

Marie Curie is Scotland’s leading end of life charity, with frontline nursing and hospice care across Scotland. For help with practical information and support on any aspect of life with a terminal illness, dying and bereavement, contact Marie Curie on 0800 090 2309. This includes bereavement support.

Money Advice Service

Money Advice Scotland is Scotland’s money charity. It exists to help people in debt, support money advisers and influence policy. For support and general queries, contact Money Advice Scotland through their online chat – either through the webchat on their website, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or by emailing info@moneyadvicescotland.org.uk. For money or debt worries, support is available through their webchat or by contacting digital@moneyadvicescotland.org.uk.

National Bereavement Partnership

The National Bereavement Partnership provides a support helpline, counselling referral and befriending service for all those suffering from bereavement, grief, living loss, mental health issues and people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Support is available on their website and by calling 0800 448 0800.

Samaritans Scotland

Samaritans is here, day or night, for anyone who is struggling to cope or who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free or email jo@samaritans.org.

Scottish Association for Mental Health

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) is Scotland’s national mental health charity. For more information on mental health, you can use the SAMH information service to find helpful information on general mental health problems at samh.org.uk/info. For support, call 0344 800 0550 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm) or email info@samh.org.uk.