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Health and wellbeing services you can access quickly

Health Concerns
If financial difficulties are affecting someone’s health they should speak to their GP (many advisors are based in GP Practices) or other health practitioner (e.g. Health Visitor or Community Psychiatric Nurse) or contact the NHS inform helpline for advice on 0800 22 44 88. 8am - 10pm 7 days a week. For urgent medical advice out of hours, phone NHS 24 on 111 (free).

The Access Practice
If you are homeless and need a GP or medical attention, contact The Cowgate, 20 Cowgate, Edinburgh or The Access Point, 23 Leith Street, Edinburgh. Telephone: 0131 240 2810

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre

For mental health issues. Freephone helpline: 0808 801 0414, or text 0797 442 9075, email As well as phone support, face-to-face support is available in the centre and people can stay at the centre for up to a week, whilst in crisis.

Mental Health
If you require an emergency mental health assessment, your GP can refer you to the Mental Health Assessment Service based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Self referrals may also be made by telephoning 0131 537 6000. This may result in you being offered an appointment for an assessment or you may be signposted to other more appropriate services.

Breathing Space
A phone-line for people feeling anxious or depressed. Telephone 0800 83 85 87. Monday to Thursday: 6pm - 2am and Friday: 6pm - Monday 6am (24 hours).

The Samaritans
If someone is feeling depressed or suicidal, the Samaritans provide a confidential listening service at any time (24/7). Telephone 0131 221 9999.

Grapevine Disability Information Service
Providing up-to-date, reliable and accessible information to disabled people and their supporters in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. Telephone: 0131 475 2370 (Monday to Thursday: 10am - 4pm) E:

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