Healthy Mind

If you're struggling with something, it's important to talk. There is always someone there to talk to, even if you feel like no one will listen. People can tell the difference between "moaning" and really asking for help and support.

You may be surprised how helpful it is just to tell someone else about it. If the person you talk to isn't helpful, keep talking till you get what you want!

Here are some of the people you might like to talk to:

  • Friends are a very important source of support for many young people – they may have had similar experiences to you, and they care about how you feel.
  • Family and carers Explain to them how you feel. Educate them! Slamming doors doesn't help anyone.
  • Another trusted adult This means a family friend or relative – someone who you know well and are sure you can trust.
  • Guidance staff/school counsellors Make sure school knows if you are having a hard time. They may make allowances if your grades aren't what they were.
  • Youth advice worker/counsellor can provide advice and support.
  • Social worker/police officer These people have a legal duty to make sure you are okay. They can take action on your behalf to help you. They should also listen to what you want, and help you to feel in control.
  • Doctor/GP If you are worried about your mental health or feeling very low, your doctor will be able to help by prescribing treatment or referring you to the service that is right for you. Even if you are under 16, your doctor has to take your views into account before giving treatment or talking to your parents. For more information about this visit the site below  and download the leaflet called "Consent: your rights".


Are you a good listener? Being there for someone at the right time can be a huge help. You might even make a friend for life. Here are some tips:

  • You don't always have to offer advice. Just listening is often the best policy.
  • Don't rush people to confide in you. They will do it in their own time.
  • Don't interrupt or give your own interpretation of what they've said.
  • Take them seriously. 
  • Don't tell anyone else about what they say unless they ask you to, unless it's something really serious like abuse or a suicide attempt.
  • Look for the warning signs that someone is finding it hard to cope. If you think someone is feeling depressed or suicidal, ask them! They may be relieved that they didn't have to say it first.
  • Tell the person you're listening to if it's getting too much for you. This doesn't make you a bad person. You can suggest they speak to a helpline, support worker, teacher or other professional.
  • Get support for yourself. Even professional counsellors have to talk to someone. You shouldn't have to bottle stuff up.


If things aren't going well ...

1 in 4 people experience mental ill health at some time in their lives. There are many things in life which can cause people to feel angry, upset, or depressed:

  • Loneliness
  • Family break-ups
  • Breaking up with boyfriend or girlfriends
  • Arguments with friends
  • Moving house
  • Stress at school or work
  • Bullying
  • Unemployment
  • Domestic abuse
  • Money problems
  • Bereavement


Some LGBT people may also experience:

  • Bottling feelings up inside
  • Trouble with "coming out"
  • Losing friends and family
  • Homophobia or transphobia
  • Difficulty coming to terms with sexuality or gender identity


It's not just the individual who is affected by mental illness, but family and friends too. If someone close to you is experiencing mental ill health, make sure you get support too.

The Mix

This service offers counselling to those under 25, crisis support and is open 24/7 and 365 days a year.



AyeMind is a new website set up for young people in Scotland in consultation with young people. There are links to support services and lots of digital tools which you can use to support your mental health. 


Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)


Telephone 0141 568 7000

Hours: 2 pm-4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Phone the helpline if you have a general enquiry about mental health.

Choose Life


The national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.



Support for those who may be feeling suicidal.

CruseYouth Line


Telephone 0870 167 1677 / 0808 808 1677

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-2pm 3pm-9pm – 7 days. *local rates apply

National charity set up to offer free, confidential help to bereaved people.