Youth

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.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 on Prejudice

Funded by the Scottish Government, it is a virtual one-stop shop for young people and those who work with young people to find facts, videos, research, learning tools and other resources focused on challenging discrimination and hate crime as well as promoting diversity and inclusion.

Adult Learning 

Part of West Lothian Council's service to help adults become more confident with their: reading, writing and numbers: everyday literacy and numeracy skills, or who is experiencing hearing loss and wishes to learn lip-reading skills. Provide a free service with access to workshops, short courses and ongoing individual learning.

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

Provides information on alcohol problems.

Anti-bullying networkThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out how to tackle bullying, where to go for advice.

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.

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.

beat (beating eating disorders) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups, supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. Helpline 0808 801 0677 Youthline 0808 801 0711

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.

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

National disability information and advice service. Has a database called Fund-Finder.

Carers of West Lothian 

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

Child Bereavement UK 

Helps support grieving families and children when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Support line, resource material, extensive links.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Making the internet a safer place. Useful information.

Childline

Counselling centre for children and young people suffering problems e.g. bullying, sexual and physical abuse, feelings, body image, relationships, families, home, school, college and work. Has a Helpline 0800 1111 and supplies links to other agencies. 

Children 1st   

Supports Scottish families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them recover from abuse and promote children's rights and interests.

Chill out ZoneThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Counselling Service for Young People aged 12 –20 in West Lothian. For information about this service access West Lothian Council's website.

Citizens Advice Bureaux Service in Scotland

Provide assistance with legal problems, including debt and consumer issues, benefits, housing, legal etc. Email address on main site but not for contacting them re problems, however check local office info.

CrossReach

Social care and support service by the Church of Scotland. Available to all people in Scotland.

Cruse Bereavement Care 

Offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.

 

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) 

Offers free information and advice, support and counselling to anyone who has been affected by a death

Cue and Review Recording Service

Scottish registered charity that transcribes print magazines and newspapers into audio formats for the benefit of visually-and-reading-impaired people. 


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

Offers support to those affected by cyberbullying and their families, as well as educating people of all ages to respect the dangers of the internet and to consider their peers’ feelings whilst interacting online. Helpline 0845 688 7277

Deaf Action 

Provides a range of services to people in Scotland with sensory support needs, including those who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, deaf blind and hard of hearing.

 

Donaldson's School

The School provides a Skills Based Education for Differently-Abled Children & Young People aged 5 to 18 whose main barriers to learning are communication difficulties arising from various additional support needs such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, deafness, hard of hearing and language disorders.

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. 

Enquire

The Scottish Advice Service, provides advice and information about additional support for learning legislation and guidance for families and professionals.

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.

Fixers

Focused on helping young people to cope with bereavement and the impact of their grief.

FRANK

Drugs information and advice. Parents, carers and friends worried about someone can call 0300 1236600

GamCare

National provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. 

Grief Encounter: helping children through bereavement This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helps bereaved children and their families deal with the loss of either a parent or sibling by providing support, information and advice. Website has different zones for kids, teens and adults (including school teachers). Resources included in each zone.

Hope UK

A drug education charity which works to equip young people to make drug-free choices (including legal substances like alcohol and cigarettes) by working with groups and individuals in both formal and informal settings.

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.

Linlithgow Young Peoples Project (LYPP) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

LYPP supports the young people of Linlithgow and the surrounding areas in all aspects of their development. LYPP has 3 main areas of work which are co-ordinated from their office, within the ‘Lounge’ youth centre. These areas are Schools Work, Drop In/Youth work at Lounge and youth work in Bridgend.  

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG)

Help and information for those least able in the community to afford to pay for advice and understanding of the systems of taxation and related benefits. Email available through website.

Macmillan Cancer Support  

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

Mediawatch-UK 

Wants to make the media work better for children and families. Activities fall into two main categories:

  • Raising awareness of potentially harmful and socially irresponsible media
  • Educating on making positive media choices

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 Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Offers information, advice and support to children of alcoholics.

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.

National Autistic Society

Wide range of help and services: helpline, information, diagnosis and assessment, early intervention, NAS schools, support groups.

National Drugs Helpline

The National Drugs Helpline gives information and advice to anyone in the UK concerned about drugs. Email available through website.

National Minimum Wage

Information about your pay, tax and the National Minimum Wage. Pay and Work Rights Helpline 0800 917 2368

National Self Harm Network NSHNThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supports survivors and people who self harm and the people it affects e.g. family and friends. Provides information, contacts and raises awareness of needs.

National Youth Agency  

The National Youth Agency's is the national body for youth work in England supporting young people through their work. Online information for youth workers. 

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. 

Notre Dame Centre

Provides services and support to vulnerable children, young people and families

Parentline Scotland

ParentLine Scotland (08000 28 22 33) - a free confidential helpline operated by Children First for anyone caring for or concerned about a child in Scotland.

Partners in Advocacy

Provide independent advocacy for individuals living in Scotland with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and people over 65. Also provide independent advocacy to children and young people who are living with mental health issues, additional support needs and learning disabilities.

Penumbra

Provides support across Scotland for adults and young people towards mental wellbeing.

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

Provides confidential counselling and support based on Christian insight and values for the people of Central Scotland. Available to all irrespective of faith, cultural background, ethnic origin, values or lifestyle. Was Crossline Central Charitable Trust.

Rape Crisis Scotland 

Provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.

Richmond's Hope 

Provides support for children and young people aged 4-18 years who have been bereaved. Project and drop in centre in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Range of resources / information leaflets available to download. 

Riding for the Disabled

Provides disabled people with the opportunity to ride and/or to carriage-drive to benefit their health and well being. 

Samaritans - The  

Offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Scripture Union  

A Christian charity working in partnership with local churches to provide Christian Education, Books, Resources, Holidays, Events for young people. Email available through the website.

 

Scripture Union Scotland  

A Christian charity working in partnership with local churches to provide Christian Education, Books, Resources, Holidays, Events for young people. Email available through the website.

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.

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

Information and guidance on how to protect children from sexual abuse. For those concerned about a child or young persons sexual behaviour in the real world or online. Also for those concerned of their own sexual behaviour towards children.

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.

Thinkuknow

Information / advice for staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer. Covers different age ranges: 4-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14+.  Plus Parent / Carer and Children workforce categories.

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. 

Victim Support Scotland  

Provides free, confidential support and information, practical help, emotional support and guidance through the criminal justice system. for victims, witnesses and their family members affected by crime across Scotland.

VOCAL - support for carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian 

VOCAL supports and empowers unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian through individual support, information, training and access to services.

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. 

Well Being Scotland 

Offers a diverse range of support services in recognition of the wide range of experiences which may have had a negative impact on an individual or their family in different ways, at different stages of their lives. Client centred, holistic, trauma informed therapeutic services and specialism in abuse and trauma work.

West Lothian Advice Shop  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advice shop deals with any enquiry but particularly in the following areas: Benefits, Money Advice, Energy Advice, Employment Rights, Housing. For info. about this service access West Lothian Council's website and look under A within the A - Z services.

West Lothian Council Homeless and Potentially Homeless

Advice and guidance for homelessness and potentially homeless.

Winston's Wish This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

UK wide child bereavement service offering support, information and guidance to children and young people after the death of a parent or a sibling. 

Young Carers BranchThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organisation for young carers and their needs - part of Carers of West Lothian.

Young ME Sufferers Trust - The  

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

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

Promotes mental health of children and young people. Helpline for young people and parents.

Young Scot  

National youth information and citizenship charity. Provide young people, aged 11 - 26, with a mixture of information, ideas and opportunities for young people, helping them to make informed decisions and choices, connecting them to opportunities locally, nationally and globally and empowering them to create and drive positive change. 

Young Women's Christian AssociationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Club for girls.