Britain Get Talking

Help our Helplines

STV and ITV launched Britain Get Talking in 2019 to encourage us all to focus on our mental wellbeing. It’s got millions of people talking and reaching out to each other, especially in lockdown.

Depression doubled during lockdown, and anxiety and loneliness have greatly increased too. Talking can ease stress and reduce anxiety, but not everyone has someone to talk to or somewhere to turn to for help. At SAMH, we’ve seen an increase in the need for our services.   

That’s why we’re grateful that Britain Get Talking’s Help Our Helplines appeal is here to raise much-needed funds for SAMH and other mental health charities.

Visit to find out more and to donate.

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Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing

Many of us are feeling worried or stressed about how coronavirus could affect our lives, as well as our loved ones.

There are things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time. Visit our web hub to find information, links and resources that we can, to help keep you informed and protect your mental health.

Find out more

Five Ways to Better Wellbeing for Families

When it comes to our mental health and wellbeing, families can have a huge role to play.

They’re often the first to notice a change, and the ones to help each other through any issues.

Find out more

Starting the mental health conversation

The pressures of growing up can be a difficult and confusing time, and being able to talk openly about their mental wellbeing will ensure that they’re better equipped to cope as adults.

This booklet is designed to help families start the conversation.

Download here

Are you struggling with your mental health? You are not alone.

There are many services and organisations that can offer you support with mental ill health:

SAMH Information Service

Whether you’re seeking support, are looking for more information for you or someone you love, or if you just want to have chat about mental health, we’re here to help.

Available: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday

Phone: 0344 800 0550



Breathing Space

A confidential out of office hours telephone line for people experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression.

Phone: 0800 83 85 87



24-hour helpline offering emotional support for anyone feeling down, distressed or struggling to cope.

Phone: 116 123



NHS 24

NHS24 is a 24-hour health service for Scotland.

Phone: 111



A free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK.

Available: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Phone: 0800 1111


NSPCC Helpline

Provides 24/7 help and support from trained helpline counsellors to thousands of parents, professionals and families.

Available: 24/7

Phone: 0808 800 5000



Getting help in an emergency

If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help.


» go to any hospital Accident & Emergency department
» call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can't get to A&E, or tell someone and ask them to contact 999 for you


If you need some support right now, but don't want to go to A&E, here are some other options for you to try:

» call NHS 24 on 111
» call the Samaritans on 116 123, they're open 24 hours and are there to listen
» contact your GP for an emergency appointment