Mental Health and Wellbeing support
This page has information on the support and services that may be able to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing without needing any medical advice.
Depending on your current situation, you may:
- need urgent help
- want to know more about how to stay well
- be finding it difficult to cope
- be worried about someone else
- be lonely or anxious, or just want someone to talk to occasionally
- want to know more about coronavirus (COVID-19) mental health and wellbeing support
If you have current and persistent thoughts of suicide and you have a plan in place, call:
- NHS24 on 111
- our Out of Hours Emergency Service on 0345 608 1206 to speak to a specialist Mental Health Social Worker at night, at the weekend or on a bank holiday
If you have attempted suicide and need immediate emergency help call 999.
Support and help is available in times of crisis, you can contact:
- Samaritans – if you want to talk to someone in confidence, you do not have to be suicidal
- Aberdeenshire 1st Response – provides support if you feel at crisis point
- ChooseLife - telephone helplines you can call for support if you are feeling depressed or suicidal, or are worried that someone is suicidal
There are many ways you can manage your mental health and wellbeing independently. But it can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to look. There are websites with information on the support available in your area or online.
Connect and be active
Interested in meeting new people? Find groups and activities in your local area on the A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) website.
Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency are available on the Living to the Full website.
Understand and manage your mental health and wellbeing using helpful reading. A list of recommended books is on the Reading Well website.
Find out what you can get involved with through our Community Learning and Development Service. This service aims to improve the lives of people in Aberdeenshire and their communities.
Find volunteering opportunities in your local area on the Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action website.
Create your own Resilience Plan. Resilience is about being able to face the challenges and difficulties in your life, finding ways to cope, taking control and looking for opportunities to improve your mental health.
Find an app that helps you look after your mental health and wellbeing on the NHS website.
Recognise when you’re feeling low. Use the Prevent Suicide app or website to create your own safe plan.
Here are some websites with more information and tips for looking after your own mental health and wellbeing:
- NHS Inform - five steps to mental health wellbeing
- Mind - five ways to wellbeing and video
- Clear Your Head - things you can do to help clear your head
- Togetherall - a choice of safe therapeutic services and online peer-to-peer support
More information about identifying, treating and managing mental health conditions is on the NHS Inform website.
Use ALISS and Scotland’s Service Directory to find help and support close to you when you need it most. You can search by postcode or area, and filter on specific types of services, organisations or areas of interest.
Mental health and wellbeing services and support for anyone living in Aberdeenshire, aged 16 to 65, is provided by My Life Dynamic.
Support for people who are coping with serious emotional, social or mental health difficulties in and around Kincardine and Mearns is available from the voluntary organisation Pillar Kincardine.
Support for people to improve their mental health and wellbeing is available from Networks of Wellbeing (NoW), based in Huntly.
If you are a veteran, or have concerns about a veteran, you can find information on specific services available in Aberdeenshire on our dedicated support page.
If you have a mental illness, advocacy services can provide help to express your needs and wishes. They can help with making decisions about your care and support options.
You may be worried about the mental health and wellbeing of a friend, family member or a colleague but don’t know how to help them. The Rethink Mental Illness website has information about what you can do and where to go to get help and support if you are worried about someone's mental health.
There is also support available to help you look after your own wellbeing, connect to people in a similar situation and information on a range of mental health issues:
- support and advice to unpaid carers looking after someone with a mental illness in Aberdeenshire is provided by Quarriers
- advice on how to cope when supporting someone else and how to help friends and family is available in Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) factsheets
- information and advice for friends, family and carers supporting someone with a mental health problem, as well as on looking after your own wellbeing is available on the Mind website
If you are experiencing isolation or loneliness you can contact: