First Contact

It’s okay to ask for help

We can offer support with your mental health & wellbeing

Aberdeen Foyer offers a service called ‘First Contact’. It supports people aged 16 and over who have long-term mental health conditions and struggle to self-manage due to negative impacts of COVID-19. The aim of our service is to support people within Aberdeen City and Shire to improve their mental wellbeing and build resilience as well as address any immediate needs they may have.

Our support is delivered using a holistic and person-centred approach to address what individual and specific needs, goals and challenges are.

If you wish to refer yourself or somebody you support to our First Contact Service, please use the link below and select the ‘First Contact’ option.

Contact form: www.aberdeenfoyer.com/first-contact

Or Email: firstcontact@aberdeenfoyer.com

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Emergency Crisis Support

If it is an emergency and you require immediate support dial 999, if you believe someone is at immediate risk of suicide or requires immediate medical attention dial 999. 

NHS 24 

NHS 24 is a call centre operated by the NHS to provide patients with health advice and help over the phone when your usual GP services aren’t available. Referrals can also be made over the phone to crisis support and other mental health professionals out with normal GP practice working hours. 

Dial 111 

Helplines

Samaritans.  

Samaritans helpline is  available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides a one-to-one listening service for anyone experiencing distress. You can call on 116 123 (free from any phone)


National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK 

The National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652  (open 24/7). 


Shout Crisis Text Line  

If you're struggling to cope and need mental health support you can receive support vis text. Text "SHOUT" to 85258 text "YM" if you're under 19.  


Paypyrus - Hopelink UK 

Paypyrus have a free helpline called Hopelink UK for people under 35 who are thinking about taking their own life or for anyone who is concerned that a young person could be having suicidal thoughts. 

Phone 0800 068 41 41 (Everyday 9am to Midnight) 

www.papyrus-uk.org 


Breathing Space  

Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone line for anybody experiencing low mood or depression.  

Phone 0800 83 85 87  

(6pm to 2am, weekdays and 24 hours at the weekend) 

Website: breathingspace.scot 

Suicide

Prevent Suicide - NE Scotland App and Website  

The Prevent Suicide - NE Scotland App and website is aimed at users in the north east of Scotland. Provides helpful info for those affected in any way by suicide, extensive contact details for services in Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire and Moray as well as allowing users to create their own safety plan. 

The Staying Safe website has information and videos guiding you how to make a safety plan in order to prepare a plan for how to keep yourself safe if you have suicidal thoughts. 

Staying Safe 


The NHS inform Scotland  

The NHS inform Scotland website has information on services and helplines you can contact if you are having suicidal thoughts.  

Self-harm

The Calm Harm App

Calm Harm is a free app to help teenagers to find ways to manage the urge to self-harm. 

Home - Calm Harm App 


Mind

The mental health charity Mind has useful information and advice about coping with self-harm. 

The Childline website has information on coping techniques for self-harm. 

Self-harm coping techniques | Childline 


The Mental Health Foundation 

The Mental Health Foundation have a free online PDF booklet covering the truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families.  

Rethink Mental Illness have in-depth information about self-harm for people who self-harm and their friends, carers and relatives. 

Anxiety

Mind 

The mental health charity Mind has an entire section of its website filled with in-depth Information about anxiety and panic attacks as well as self-care suggestions. 

Anxiety and panic attacks - Mind   


Living Live to the Full 

The Living Life to the Full website offers free online resources for people with low mood and anxiety. 

The NHS inform Scotland website has a self-help guide with in-depth information and guides for understanding and managing anxiety  

Anxiety self-help guide | NHS inform 


NHS Mental Wellbeing Audio Guides  

The NHS website also contains audio guides on topics such as 'Anxiety Control Training', 'Sleep Problems' and 'Low Confidence and Assertiveness'. 

Mental wellbeing audio guides - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 


SAMH - Understanding Anxiety Guide  

The Scottish mental health charity SAMH has an entire guide for understanding anxiety which can be accessed here SAMH_Understanding_Anxiety.pdf  

Stress

NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland have an online PDF booklet on steps to deal with stress. 

Steps to deal with stress (scot.nhs.uk) 


The British Red Cross

The British Red Cross have information about stress and how to manage stress. 

The Mental Health Foundation have a free online PDF booklet on how to manage and reduce stress. 

Depression

NHS inform Scotland  

NHS inform Scotland website has a self-help guide for people with depression  

The mental health charity mind has an entire section of its website dedicated to information about depression  

About depression - Mind 


The Living Life to the Full 

The Living Life to the Full website offers free online resources for people with low mood and anxiety. 

Living Life to the Full | helping you help yourself (llttf.com) 


SAMH - Understanding Depression Guide 

The Scottish mental health charity SAMH has an entire guide for understanding depression which can be accessed here  

SAMH_Understanding_Depression.pdf 


Move Mood - App  

Move Mood is a free app to help young people manage the behaviours associated with low mood or depression 

Personality Disorders

NHS inform Scotland 

The NHS Inform Scotland website has information about personality disorders and various different types of treatment options.  

Personality disorder - Illnesses & conditions | NHS inform 


The Royal College of Psychiatrists  

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has information and resources for people who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder and for their friends and families.  

The mental health charity Mind has information and resources about personality disorders. What are personality disorders? - Mind 

Eating disorders 

NHS

The NHS website has in-depth information and advice about eating disorders.  

Overview – Eating disorders - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 


Beat Eating Disorders  

Beat Eating Disorders website has in-depth information, advice and resources about eating disorders.  


Stem4

The mental health charity Stem4 have information about eating disorders as well as information on how to help someone with an eating disorder.  

Bipolar affective disorder 

Bipolar Scotland

The charity Bipolar Scotland has in-depth information about Bipolar affective disorder. 

Home | Bipolar Scotland 


Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness have in-depth information about Bipolar including a downloadable factsheet. 

The mental health charity Mind has in-depth information about Bipolar affective disorder. 

Information and support for people affected by bipolar disorder, hypomania and mania. They also have a telephone peer support line, and an online peer support community. 

Schizophrenia 

Support in Mind Scotland

Support in Mind Scotland have information about schizophrenia and also has downloadable information leaflets to help people who hear voices or other sensory disturbances. 

What is schizophrenia | Support in Mind Scotland 

The NHS inform Scotland website has in-depth information about schizophrenia.  

Rethink Mental Illness have in-depth information about schizophrenia as well as a downloadable factsheet. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder 

PTSD UK

The UK charity PTSD UK have in-depth information about the causes, symptoms and treatments for PTSD. 

https://www.ptsduk.org/ 


RISE

The UK charity RISE have various online wellbeing resources for people who have experienced domestic abuse and have PTSD.  

The mental health Charity Mind have in-depth information about post-traumatic stress disorder as well as tips for coping with flashbacks.

Seasonal affective disorder

NHS

The NHS website has information and advice for people with seasonal affective disorder  

Overview - Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 


Mind

The mental health charity Mind has in-depth information and advice for people with seasonal affective disorder. 

Health in Mind have a blog post all about seasonal affective disorder.  

Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders 

Mind

The mental health charity Mind has in-depth information on its website about dissociation and dissociative disorders. 

What is dissociation? - Mind 


Rethink Mental Illness 

Rethink Mental Illness have in-depth information about dissociation and dissociative identity disorder as well as a downloadable factsheet. 

First Person Plural dissociative identity disorders association has in-depth information and advice about dissociation.