Recovery & General Information
Acumen is a network of service users and carers whose main aim is to promote involvement in mental health services throughout the Argyll and Clyde area. For contact details please click on the link above.
The Scottish Recovery Network aims to engage communities across Scotland in debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems.
The Mental Welfare Commission is an independent body set up by parliament to protect the welfare of people with mental disorder (including learning difficulties and dementia).
The website for the Scottish Executive's National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being which aims to change the knowledge , attitudes and behaviour towards mental health.
Top tips for positive mental health.
Personal stories of peoples of experiences of mental health issues.
Challenges stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health in Scotland.
The Mental Health Foundation website outlines their work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key
A public interest website providing extensive information on how food and medicines interact, with a dedicated mental health medications section.
Useful information on many mental disorders.
Useful information on new Government legislation.
Foods Standards Agency
The eatwell plate makes healthy eating easier to understand by giving a visual representation of the types and proportions of foods people need for a healthy and well balanced diet.
Depression Alliance provides information, support and understanding on depression and campaign to raise awareness about the realities of depression in Scotland.
A Renfrewshire based website with lots of self help information for people suffering from depression.
Wesite which provides information to young adults (and their friends and families) about low mood and depression.
Website with information for students about depression and how to tackle it.
Bipolar Fellowship Scotland provides information, support and advice for people affected by bipolar disorder (manic depression), to promote self help throughout Scotland and to inform and educate about bipolar illness.
Blue Pages provides useful information for those affected by depression.
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter between September and April; in particular during December, January and February.
Breathing Space is a free and confidential phoneline service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to. The service is open 6pm - 2am Monday to Thursday and Friday 6pm all the way through to 6am Monday.
A confidential telephone helpline offering practical information, crisis care and emotional support to anybody affected by mental health problems.
Rape Crisis provide free confidential support and information for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Part of the national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call ChildLine to talk about any problem. Call them free on 0800 11 11 (Open 24 hours a day every day of the year.
HeadsUpScotland contributes to the activity already underway in Scotland to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people.
This site is to provide help and information on mental health issues to young people who are either having difficulties themselves, or are worried about a friend or relative or just want to know more about mental well being.
HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing.
A free, confidential telephone helpline for parents and anyone caring for a child in Scotland. You can call about any problem, however big or small. ParentLine Scotland is open: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 5pm; Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 9pm.
Renfrewshire Carers Centre provides a range of high quality services and support to Carers living in Renfrewshire
CBT Sessions & Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Offers free life skills training based on a CBT model for people with anxiety and depression.
A free self help program to teach cognitive behaviour therapy skills to people vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
This site will tell you all about common stress problems and give you some ideas on how best to tackle them.
A database UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling covered, fees and contact details.
Mindfulness helps people change the way they think, feel and act. It helps them to break free from a downward spiral of negative thought and action, and make positive choices that support their wellbeing. Mindfulness can help with recurrent depression, anxiety disorders and addictive behaviour – and other mental and physical problems including stress and chronic pain.
Questions and answers about mindfulness.
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Stories about mindfulness.
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This UK charity (formerly EDA UK) offers information and advice on eating disorders. Their website has a well-used and well-moderated discussion forum for people experiencing difficulties. They also run separate telephone helplines for adults and young people, a recorded information line, an SMS text information service and a TEXTPHONE service for the hearing impaired.
This site is a key information resource for young people who self-harm, their friends and families, and professionals working with them
Crisis intervention service working in the North Glasgow area with people who self harm and at risk of suicide.
Anxiety & Phobias
ANXIETY UK is a national registered charity formed 30 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today we are still a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.
OCD Action provides information, support and promotes recovery from Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and the related disorders of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Compulsive Skin Picking (CSP). Trichotillomania (TTM), and children and young people with OCD.
Clear, up-to-date information and advice on all kinds of drugs and drug-related problems.
Talk to Frank provides confidential and honest information on drugs. They operate a 24 hour phoneline and email service 365 days of the year.
Al-Anon Family Groups provide understanding, strength and hope to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.
A national voluntary organisation for alcohol issues. Alcohol Focus Scotland is committed to improving the quality of people’s lives by changing Scotland’s drinking culture – promoting responsible drinking behaviour and discouraging drinking to excess.
A national organisation offering help and support to people who are trying to overcome their drinking problems. Local groups throughout the country meet regularly to offer practical advice and fellowship.
Provides a range of advice and information services in response to people requiring assistance with matters to do with drugs and the law.