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

If you have current and persistent thoughts of suicide and you have a plan in place, call:

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

How to stay well

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.

Learn

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.

Give

Find volunteering opportunities in your local area on the Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action website.

Take notice

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.

Finding it difficult to cope

Here are some websites with more information and tips for looking after your own mental health and wellbeing:

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 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.

Worried about someone else

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

Lonely or anxious or want to talk to someone occasionally

If you are experiencing isolation or loneliness you can contact: