The Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) is for people who are acutely unwell
The APU will accept referrals for people suffering from a recognised or probable acute episode of mental illness, which may include a Learning Disability, where there is evidence of actual or potential danger to self or others, or severe psychosocial dysfunction. Patients must be assessed as having intense mental health needs that require 24-hour medical care/supervision, which cannot be met in a less restrictive environment.
Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. For people who become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a Befriender often fills a big gap. Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. (Befriending Networks UK)
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm us. It helps to get some Breathing Space. Pick up the phone - we're here to listen.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Standing together, united against suicide.
We’re the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling sh*t, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living. Helpline open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year. Webchat option also available.
Caraidean aims to provide support and enrichment to anyone that finds themselves isolated or lonely for whatever reason. The benefits of regular social interaction cannot be over stated and we are looking to recruit community members to help bring the laughter and joy back to people who need it.
Catch 23 (Mental Health Drop-in Service)
Catch23 is a mental health drop-in centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, operated by WIAMH.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team is a group of professionals who all have specialised skills in working with children/young people and their families who are experiencing difficulties.
The CAMHS team sees children and young people and their families with a wide range of difficulties.
Its aim is always to help children and young people and their families understand about the factors that lead to mental health problems and help make sure that these factors do not lead to further difficulties.
Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. We’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.
Choose Life (NHS Western Isles) - Suicide Prevention
In Scotland, suicide prevention activities are delivered locally through Choose Life, which leads the implementation of key aspects of the suicide prevention strategy through the national programme for suicide prevention in Scotland. The programme team works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders both local and national.
01851 703069 (Lewis & Harris), or 01870 602918 (Uist & Barra)
The Community Mental Health (CMH) team organises and coordinates your care if you receive community-based mental health care (i.e. care outside of hospital). This includes carrying out mental health assessments, treatment and care. You are normally referred to a CMH professional if you have complex mental health problems and need more specialist help than a GP can offer.
Your questions answered accurately and without judgement within 24 hours. A safe space for young people age 12 up to & including 25 living in Tayside, The Western Isles, Dumfries and Galloway and Argyll and Bute. Simply click the ‘Ask A Question’ button on the website to reach out and ask the cool2talk team your question, then check back to read an answer.
Counselling and Family Mediation
Counselling is a way of dealing with difficulty. It is a positive response coming from the desire to cope more effectively. At one time or another, everyone has problems, such as stress at work, difficulties in relationships, drug or alcohol abuse or loss and bereavement. Sometimes we can solve these difficulties ourselves or with the help of family friends or colleagues. At other times we need the privacy of talking with someone who is outside our home and working life. Talking in confidence, to a professionally trained and experienced counsellor can help you reach a better understanding of your difficulties and to decide the best way forward.
Compassionate grief and bereavement support in Scotland
Everyone experiences bereavement at some stage in their life, whether it's the death of a parent, a loved one, a friend or child. The experience often means that our lives will never be the same again. Sometimes the feelings - the despair, loneliness or even guilt - may overwhelm us, so much so that we need help. In time, and with support, we can work through such feelings and learn to live with our loss.
ieso Digital Health - Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Join over 90,000 people who’ve used our 1:1 typed online therapy.
Text-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for anxiety, stress, depression and other common mental health problems.
Online CBT is proven to be as effective as face-to-face CBT at helping you feel better and live the life you want to lead.
A course of online therapy treatment with ieso is free for NHS patients in Western Isles.
To be eligible for online therapy, you must be registered with a GP in Western Isles and be aged 18 or over.
1 in 5 children and young people suffer from mental health illness in any given year. At Kooth, we believe every young person has the right to thrive and to access high quality mental health care.Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS, Local Authorities, charities and businesses to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for Children and Young People. With over 4000 logins per day, we provide end to end support whatever the need.
Mental Health and Learning Disability Services
NHS Western Isles provides a comprehensive range of mental health services for people living in the Western Isles.
Mental Health Officers (MHO) are specially trained Social Workers who support people with mental health problems who sometimes have difficulty in recognising that they might benefit from treatment. MHOs inform people affected by mental health law about their rights and make sure people get the care they need. This includes helping people to access an Independent Advocate. The MHO Service is mostly used by Doctors (GP’s and Psychiatrists) seeking consent for the detention of people under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.
Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide
Hopeline UK: 0800 068 41 41
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.
We are Penumbra Mental Health, a pioneering charity providing dedicated services for people with mild to serious and enduring mental ill health. We support people on their journey to better mental health, by working with each person to find their own way forward. The power of people’s lived experience enables us to provide pioneering services which transform lives.