Below is a list of mental health services available for patients in Edinburgh which you can access without necessarily seeing a GP.
REMEMBER THAT IN A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, PLEASE CONTACT MORNINGSIDE MEDICAL PRACTICE, NHS24 (TELEPHONE 111), BREATHING SPACE (0800 83 85 87), SAMARITANS (08457 90 90 90), OR EDINBURGH CRISIS CENTRE (0808 801 0414).
A fantastic website developed and maintained by organisations including The City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and Health in Mind. The main aim is to signpost people and carers to appropriate mental health services in Edinburgh This website provides a variety of free downloadable self help booklets, a list of recommended self help books to buy or loan from a library, and links to self help websites including online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
A free web-based life skills course that uses a CBT approach, which teaches users how to tackle and respond to issues and demands in their everyday life.
A free 12 week programme that uses audio CD’s or MP3’s to treat stress, depression, anxiety, and a wide range of illnesses related to the effect of stress has on our body including sleeping problems, chronic pain, migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. Also available as an app on Smart Phones. Click here to access Positive Mental Training. If you have a Smart phone, you can download the app called “feeling good”. To unlock the tracks, at the bottom of the download tab type: username ‘edinchpf1’, and password ‘positive’.
Generally a 1:1 therapeutic relationship which may involve a variety of different psychological approaches (www.edinburghcounsellingagencies.co.uk for a list of free/low cost counselling services in Edinburgh).
Guided Self Help Referral
This service is used for people who have a diagnosis of mild-moderate depression based on the PHQ9 score of less than 15, and/or a GAD7 score equivalent. This service is ran by trained workers using CBT techniques, with the first assessment lasting about an hour, and then up to three half-hour sessions a few weeks apart to review progress. Please make a routine appointment with your usual GP, and bring along your PHQ9 score (available on our website).
Exercise Referral Scheme
Also known as Healthy Active Minds or Fit for Health, this project aims to introduce individuals who are experiencing a variety of mental health problems to regular physical activity, to accompany or act as an alternative to conventional treatment. This scheme is a 12 to 16 -week physical activity action plan, which includes a range of physical activity options, and provides a free Edinburgh Leisure card. Please make a routine appointment with your GP.
The Rivers Centre
The Rivers Centre is a specialist trauma service dedicated to addressing the health, social and welfare needs of people affected by psychological trauma such as physical assault, robbery, sexual assault, domestic violence and abuse and serious accidents. Please click here for The Rivers Centre Information Leaflet