Mental Health & Related Organisations in Scotland


Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)1. Established in 1923.
2. SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.
Support in Mind Scotland1. Originally established in 1972 as part of the UK charity National Schizophrenia Fellowship.
2. Changed to current name in 2010.
3. Provides a variety of services including: Carer Support Service; Time After Time (ages 50+); community connections; community mental health radio station; National Rural Mental Health Forum; Mental Health and Money Advice Line; Life Skills Project; early intervention project, and so on.
Maternal Mental Health ScotlandThe website was created to provide information to women affected by perinatal mental health issues, their partners, families and the general public.
Penumbra1. Established in 1985.
2. One of Scotland’s largest mental health charities.
3. They work to promote mental health and well-being for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’, and to support people with mental health problems.
4. They provide a wide range of services which offer practical steps towards recovery.
Scottish Recovery Network (SRN)1. SRN was formally launched in 2004 as an initiative designed to raise awareness of recovery from mental health problems.
2. SRN is hosted by Penumbra .
3. Their aims include:
a. To work with others to support communities and the people within them to achieve their recovery potential.
b. To place lived experience at the centre of health and social policy in Scotland.
c. To support and share recovery learning and approaches.
Mental Health Foundation (Scotland)In Scotland, the Mental Health Foundation focus on social justice and inequality in mental health, raising awareness of mental health with the public and working in partnership with community organisations, policy makers and researchers.
Turning Point ScotlandThey provide mental health services which offer a variety of support in a person centred way including:
1. Social enterprises providing employment opportunities.
2. Supported living housing support.
3. One to one and group work based activities.
4. Help maintaining tenancies.
Scottish Recovery Consortium (SRC)1. SRC is a recovery-orientated nationally commissioned organisation (NCO).
2. They exist to support, represent and connect recovery from problematic substance use in Scotland.
Wellbeing Scotland1. They are a voluntary organisation with services across Scotland.
2. They provide a wide range of holistic services for individuals, both children and adults, and families whose life experiences have impacted negatively on their well-being.
3. Since 1994, they have offered client centred, holistic, trauma informed therapeutic services and have specialised in abuse and trauma work.
NHS Health ScotlandProvides an overview of mental health and well-being in Scotland.
Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)Distress Brief Interventions (DBIs) are an innovative way of supporting people in distress.
NHS Inform (Mental Health)Provides information on identifying, treating and managing mental health problems and disorders.
Scottish Government (Mental Health Strategy)1. The Scottish Government’s approach to mental health from 2017 to 2027 – a 10 year vision.
2. Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027.
3. Health and wellbeing in schools.
4. Scotland’s Wellbeing Report (May 2019).
Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) ScotlandWEAll Scotland works with partners to drive change by co-creating, testing, and lobbying for alternative policies, practices, and models, and looks to identify the cross-sectoral opportunities for fundamental systems change.
Breathing Space ScotlandBreathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)Offers two MHFA training courses, one for adults and one for young people.
See Me Scotland1. See Me is Scotland’s Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
2. They are funded by Scottish Government and Comic Relief, and are managed by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation.
Working to RecoveryThey deliver different kinds of consultancy solutions in mental health, using different mediums.
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS)Their mission is to be a leading and independent voice in promoting a society where people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions are treated fairly, have their rights respected, and have appropriate support to live the life of their choice.
Choose LifeA suicide prevention information website operated by NHS Health Scotland.
Action on Depression
Counselling DirectoryA website which contains information about different types of counselling and a searchable database of counselling services.
Scottish Recovery Academy
NHS 241. Health Information and self care advice.
2. Call 111 which is open 24 hours a day.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs (SFAD)1. Established in 2003.
2. Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland.
VOX Scotland1. They represent stakeholders views to Scotland’s politicians and health professionals to ensure that laws and mental health services reflect your needs and interests.
2. VOX is run by people with mental health issues for people with mental health issues.
Brothers in ArmsBrothers in Arms is Scotland’s first men’s mental health charity, which is aimed at providing info, support and advice to men of any age, who are down or in crisis and dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Addaction (Scotland)1. First Scottish service established in 2004.
2. One of the UK’s leading drug, alcohol and mental health charities.
3. Addaction Scotland has developed its expertise and innovation across a wide range of services, including; pregnancy and early years work, community alcohol support, community recovery rehab, working with older people, mutual aid partnerships, blood borne virus (support through testing and treatment), harm reduction and education and employment.
Hospitality HealthThey aim to help people in the Scottish hospitality industry through tough times by supporting mental health and advising on well-being.
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)1. SIAA is a membership organisation that has the overall aim of ensuring that Independent Advocacy is available to any vulnerable person in Scotland.
2. Independent advocacy safeguards people who are vulnerable and discriminated against or whom services find difficult to serve, empowering people who need a stronger voice by enabling them to express their own needs and make their own decisions.
3. The SIAA promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of Independent Advocacy across Scotland.
CAB ScotlandCitizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Scotland provides advice on a variety of topics, including debt and money, housing, and work and benefits.
Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS)1. VHS is the national intermediary and network for voluntary health organisations in Scotland.
2. Members are drawn from national and local voluntary, community and third sector organisations with an involvement in health issues.
Nordoff Robbins (Scotland)They provide music therapy to anyone whose quality of life could be improved by it.
LawCare (Scotland)LawCare promotes and support good mental health and well-being in the legal community.
Cruse Scotland1. Over the past 50 years, the organisation has grown from a single support group for widows in Richmond, into two national charities – Cruse Bereavement Care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, a related, but independent charity.
2. Both offer support and counselling to anyone, of any age who has been bereaved by the death of someone close to them.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH)GAMH promote the mental health and well-being of people and their communities.
COPE Scotland1. COPE = Caring Over People’s Emotions.
2. Offers direct support to individuals as well as workshops, advice, information and signposting to individuals aged 16 and over living in West Glasgow experiencing mental and emotional distress.
Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow)A service-user led charity which acts as a collective advocacy voice for people with a lived experience of mental-ill health and their carers.
LifeLink1. Established in 1992.
2. Originally just on Glasgow, but now moving into Central Scotland.
3. Provides a variety of services including: one-to-one counselling; custodial care services; and distress brief intervention (DIB).
The Kris Boyd Charity1. The charity was set up to help those suffering with mental health issues, so they can find someone to talk to and get help.
2. Currently operates in Glasgow and Ayrshire.
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF)SMHAF is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health (EDAMH)1. Established in 1999 and is core funded by East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
2. It is a local voluntary sector organisation and charity which provides community based support services throughout East Dunbartonshire.


Birchwood Highland1. Established in 1987 as a charity working with people experiencing mental ill-health, supporting them in their journey to recovery.
2. Today, they have retained their expertise in supporting those with mental ill-health, but they now also work with other groups providing personalised support.
3. They have community support teams that operate in the Inverness, Easter Ross, Caithness and Lochaber areas.
4. They also own and operate Scotland’s only residential mental health recovery centre, in Inverness.

North Lanarkshire

You Are My Sunshine (YAMS)1. The purpose of YAMS is to create awareness and promote positive change to Mental Health Services in Scotland.
2. It does this by providing support people in their community through therapy, support and advice.
Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health (LAMH)1. Established in 1983.
2. Currently provides community based support services throughout all of Lanarkshire.

Perth & Kinross

PKAVSThey work to improve wellbeing, connect communities, and help people to realise their potential.

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