Breathing Space Helpline

*This service is available over the phone and/or online.

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, stress, depression or anxiety.

Service Description

Anyone can feel down or depressed from time to time. It helps to get some Breathing Space. You are not alone and talking about how you feel is a positive first step in getting help. So don’t let problems get out of hand, phone Breathing Space where experienced advisors will listen and provide information and advice.

Helpline: 0800 83 85 87

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday – 6.00 pm – 2.00 am
Friday to Monday 6.00 pm to Monday 6.00 am

The service is open when other supports such as family, friends or a GP may not be available. You can speak about what’s on your mind or ask about helpful resources in your area. The service is confidential and anonymous and none of your conversation is recorded. It is designed to be a private, safe space to talk.

It’s understandable that some callers might feel nervous about picking up the phone and may not know what to expect.

How To Get In Touch

Support is provided though the phone line only. For admin enquiries, ordering leaflets etc, you can email and your email will be responded to within 5 working days.

For more information please visit

Breathing Space is a COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), recognised counselling skills organisation.

Service Categories


Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Breathing Space Phoneline is for anyone living with mental health problems and those experiencing emotional distress or family members, partners and friends who are concerned about their own wellbeing and that of people they care about.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 6pm to 6am Saturday - Sunday: 24hour

Service Contact

Tel: 0800 83 85 87

Provider's Name: Breathing Space

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Breathing Space was launched in 2002 to address serious concerns about the mental wellbeing of people in Scotland. The service became a national phoneline in 2004. Breathing Space complements the work of other phone lines and agencies which are endeavouring to reduce suicide rates in Scotland. Our advisors come from a range of mental health, counselling and social work backgrounds. There is an equal ratio of male to female advisors, who may be part-time or full-time. Breathing Space is not a volunteer service.  

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Service Contact

Tel: 0800 83 85 87

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 6pm to 6am
Saturday – Sunday: 24hour

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