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ANNEX B: Help and Support

If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be organisations which can provide support, including the organisations listed below. All of these organisations are independent of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry. 


Breathing Space

Link: www.breathingspace.scot

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 

Link: www.chss.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-information-and-support/long-covid/

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.



Link: www.childline.org.uk

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

Link: www.cas.org.uk

Scotland’s Citizens Advice Network is an essential community service that 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 interactive self-help tools. Go to CAS.org.uk to find out more.


Cruse Scotland

Link: www.crusescotland.org.uk

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; support groups; specialist support for children and young people; and training and group support for workplaces and organisations.


Marie Curie Scotland

Link: www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support

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 Scotland: 

Link: www.moneyadvicescotland.org.uk/help-for-people-with-money-worries

Money Advice Scotland is Scotland’s money charity. It exists to help people in debt, support money advisers and influence policy. Visit their website for more information or email info@moneyadvicescotland.org.uk.


Samaritans Scotland

Link: www.samaritans.org/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 

Link: www.samh.org.uk

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.

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