Physical Health

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide information and advice about mental health.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

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Action for METhis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Provides information and support to people affected by M.E.

Action For Sick Children

UK children's health care charity, specially formed to ensure that children receive the highest standard of care possible. Campaigns on all aspects of healthcare, whether in hospital in the community or at home and from national policies to individual family cases. 

Action for Sick Children (Scotland) 

Helping sick children and young people meet their health care needs in partnership with parents, carers and professionals.

Arthritis Action

Charitable organization offering hands-on, practical help for people with arthritis to improve their quality of life whilst living with the condition. Members are offered healthy eating advice, clinical appointments, exercise tips and pain management techniques whether or not they are having medical treatment.

Arthritis Care This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information and support to empower individuals to take control of their own arthritis. Helpline 0808 800 4050

Arthritis Research UK

Provides a range of information for patients, the public and health professionals and aims to raises the profile of arthritis and making a real difference to people's lives. 


ASH Action on Smoking and HealthThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leading voluntary organisation tackling tobacco abuse. Advice on stopping smoking.

Aspire: supports people with spinal injury  

Offer cover a range of services and are available to new patients in the NHS Spinal Cord Injury Centres, to those who have just been discharged from hospital and to people who have been living with their injury for years. 

Asthma UK  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dedicated to improving the health and well being of people with asthma. Gives advice on triggers and causes, how to help to prevent asthma attacks.

Avert This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK. Information and help available through their website; links to helplines, resources and other organisations.

Be Real: body confidence for everyone

Provides help and resources to help change attitudes to body image and help everyone put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies.

Bladder & Bowel Community  

Provides information, including a helpline, and support for all types of bladder and bowel problems. 

Breast Cancer Now 

Offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

British Heart Foundation: Heart conditions in young people 

British Heart Foundation website for young people with heart conditions. A place where young people can meet both online, through social media and at events and share stories.

British Red Cross This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help anyone, anywhere in the UK and around the world, get the support they need if crisis strikes. Such as hiring a wheelchair, support in your home and help if you're a refugee.

British Tinnitus Association (BTA) 

Provides support and guidance on what tinitus is and how to manage the condition

Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust  

National UK charity dedicated solely to the support of patients with Thyroid Cancer.

Cahonas Scotland 

Male cancer charity that provides information and support services about testicular cancer.

Cancer Research UK  

Charity dedicated to cancer research, provides information about cancer, cancer research and the latest news. Email available through website.

Carers of West Lothian 

Information, advice and support for all unpaid carers and people with disabilities.

Chest Heart and Stroke Advice LineThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Specialist nurse on line. Also charity offers advice, practical help and a wide range of information booklets etc.

Children's Hospice Association Scotland (C.H.A.S.)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides holiday breaks for children with life threatening conditions, respite care, crisis care, terminal care and home support.

Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UK-wide voluntary organisation specifically helping those with and affected by cleft lip and palate.

Cystic Fibrosis TrustThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Support and advice for people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. Helpline: 0300 373 1000

Dementia Helpline Scotland 

The 24 hour Dementia Helpline is a freephone Scottish service providing information, signposting and emotional support to people with the illness, their families, friends and professionals.

Diabetes UK (formerly British Diabetic Association) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Information and support for diabetics.

Disability Information Scotland 

Provides information on a range of disability related topics through their helpline, website, information guides, newsletter social media. 

E.C.A.S. Equality Choice Action Support

Support people in Edinburgh and Lothian who have a physical disability. Run a wide range of activities to improve confidence, wellbeing and quality of life (for people over 18). Give grants to help people (of any age) buy goods and services which they can’t get from public funding. provide friendship and companionship (befriending) for people over 18.

Eat Better Feel Better 

National eating campaign. Website has quick recipes, offers, handy hints, cookalong videos, and what's on in your area. Throughout Scotland there are a range of events, organisations and community groups that can help you to eat healthier. 

Eating Disorders In Males: National Centre for Eating Disorders

Information and advice about male eating disorders, definitions, signs and symptoms, treatments, getting support including support groups. 

Eczema Outreach Support (EOS) 

Eczema Outreach Support offers supports for families of children & young people affected by eczema in the UK. 

Epilepsy Scotland

Offers a range of services across Scotland to help support people with epilepsy and their families. Can offer support remotely, one to one, and in groups. Aims is to help people better understand their condition and support them to make positive changes.

Erb's Palsy Group  

Offers advice, information and support to families affected by Erb's Palsy.

Fibromyalgia Association UKThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Provides information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline 0844 887 2444

healthtalk.org  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more. 


Home Safety Service for the Elderly (and Frail)

West Lothian Service helping people to live as independently as possible and feel safe. Equipment installed. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under H within the A - Z services section.

kindred

For parents of children with complex needs, provides practical information, advocacy, emotional support and guidance.

Linlithgow Link 

Provide support through social and community activity to those who are isolated by illness, age, or infirmity. E.g. volunteers supply car service to hospitals, befriend housebound people and young mothers, provide social activities for the frail elderly and assisting in running the local monthly Caring Café for those affected by Dementia.

Live Well - NHS

Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

M.E. Association 

The M.E. Association offers information, help and support for adults in the UK who are affected by ME / CFS.

Macmillan Cancer Support  

Information, advice and emotional support for people living with cancer.

MND Scotland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MND Scotland exists to help all those affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) within Scotland; those living with the disease, their families, carers and those health and social care professionals who contribute to the care of people with MND.

Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society)  

Provides information and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) United Kingdom

Non - profit fellowship for those with a major drug problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. NA Helpline: 0300 999 1212

National Association for Premenstrual SyndromeThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides help, information and support to PMS sufferers, also to partners of sufferers.

NHS (National Health Service)

Provides information about health and well being, health services, support and social services provided by the National Health Service for the general public in England. 

NHS England: Help with Health Costs 

Information on Prescriptions, Dental treatment, Sight tests, Glasses, Travel to Hospital, wigs and fabric supports etc. in England and how to get help with costs / claim.

NHS informThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New national health information service providing a co-ordinated approach and a single source of quality assured health information for the public in Scotland

NHS Prescription Services

Can provide information on help with health costs. Previously known as the Prescription Pricing Division

Pain Association ScotlandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Support Groups, which help with pain management. Interim support for those awaiting attendance at Pain relief clinics.

Pancreatic Cancer UKThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

National charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: Support, Information, Campaigning and Research.

Parkinson's Disease SocietyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Detailed information sent on request. Membership an option. Helpline and support groups across the UK.

Patients Association This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Independent charity which provides advice, the latest health news, signposting to further information and general advice. Also has a range of booklets and guides for patients.

Reading Sight

Helping people with sight loss get access to reading and reading services. Website has a bank of resources to support anyone with an interest in helping people with sight loss to access reading and reading services. Works to improve the quality, availability and accessibility of library services for visually impaired and print disabled people.

Royal National Institute for the Blind

Provides the support, advice and products for everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you're losing your sight or you're blind or partially sighted. Helpline 0303 123 9999

Royal Osteoporosis Society

Provides information, support and networks for people living with osteoporosis.

Scottish Delirium Association 

provides guidelines and patient information plus a forum for discussion and sharing of best practice. 

 

Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory

Set up to provide better information about the health and health care of people with learning disabilities and people with autism in Scotland.

Scottish Spina Bifida AssociationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Seeks to secure provision for their special needs and those of their families. Family support service. Respite care.

Smokers QuitlineThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides practical help, advice and support by trained counsellors to all smokers who want to stop.

Smoking Cessation ClinicThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A clinic at St John's Hospital, West Lothian which can be contacted by anyone concerned about their own or someone else's smoking. Group or individual support available. For more information e-mail us at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stop Smoking: NHS Inform

Provides information on services, local support and a Helpline.

Strathcarron Hospice  

Provides specialist care, comfort and support for anyone affected by terminal illness. 

The Big ShoutER Project

Aims to actively involve young people in decisions affecting them in the delivery of the youth health service in East Renfrewshire. Linked to resources about health, poverty, education, environment etc.

The Mix: help and support for under 25s

Provides information, help and support for people under 25: everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.

Throat Cancer Foundation

Information and support for patients, carers and loved ones diagnosed and/or undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer.

Unique - Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene Disorders 

Source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder or an autosomal dominant single gene disorder associated with learning disability and development delay, among other symptoms.

United Christian Broadcasting (UCB) Prayerline 

Telephone team that will pray with you and for you. or you can submit your prayer request by filling in an online form. 

Waverley Care

Offers services providing practical and emotional support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C in Scotland. Support groups, one-to-one mentoring, social outings, education sessions, and workshops. 

Womb Cancer Support UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Small voluntary organisation that raises awareness of womb cancer and provides online support, information and advice for woman about womb cancer. 

 

Young ME Sufferers Trust - The  

National UK service for children and young people with MS and their families.