If you are a family member or carer there will be times when you may feel the need for additional information or support.
This page contains a list of services available to assist you.
Addiction Resource was created to help people struggling with substance abuse and to provide support to their loved ones.
Free advocacy services to people with mental health problems.
There are local services in the following areas: Caithness & Sutherland; Ross & Cromarty; Skye & Lochalsh; Inverness; Nairn; Badenoch & Strathspey; Lochaber.
Visit the website for details of local services.
Tel: 01463 233460 (Inverness office)
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment.
Information and services, including Types of Dementia, Money and Legal Issues, Palliative Care, Symptoms and Diagnosis, Living With Dementia and Caring for Someone with Dementia.
Alzheimer Scotland operates a Resource Centre at 2 Strothers Lane, Inverness, IV1 1LR, which is also their Regional Office for Highland, Western Isles and Orkney.
There are Carers’ Groups at Inverness and surrounding area, Dingwall, Avoch, Nairn and Ardersier.
A Dementia Advisior for North Highland, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire is based at County Community Hospital, Invergordon, IV18 0JR.
24 hour Dementia Helpline: Freephone 0808 808 3000
The aims of Bipolar Scotland are:
- To provide information, support and advice for people affected by bipolar disorder/manic depression and all who care;
- To promote Self-Help throughout Scotland;
- To inform and educate about the illness and the organisation.
Carers Scotland is the Scottish national office of Carers UK.
Information, forums, helpine and free membership.
21 Pearce Street
Glasgow G51 3UT
Tel 0141 445 3070
Advice Line: 0808 808 7777.
A drop-in facility offering support and information in a relaxed and friendly environment for anybody experiencing a mental health problem. Various activities are run, and a Bipolar support group and a hearing voices support group are being set up. There’s also a cafe offering people the opportunity to have a cooked meal or a snack.
3 High Street
Ross-shire, IV17 0SH
Tel: 01349 884566, Fax: 01349 884572
The Centre is on two levels so there is limited wheelchair access.
A new website aiming to provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to the website owners, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice.
Crossroads Caring Scotland
Short breaks and practical support for carers.
Scottish website: www.crossroads-scotland.co.uk
The Gatehouse is a facility for people in the Sutherland area recovering from mental illness. There is a lounge area and a comfortable smoking room. A range of activities take place.
Lawson Memorial Hospital,
Monday 10.00am – 3.00pm Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm Friday 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tel/fax: 01408 634283
A drop-in social centre for people with mental health issues. There is a sittingroom, recreational area and cafe and the centre offers a variety of activities both within the centre and outside. The centre is on the ground floor and has limited wheelchair access.
125 High Street
Fort William PH33 6DG
Monday: 10.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday: 10.30am – 4.30pm Wednesday: 12.00 noon – 4.30pm (First Wed of Month: 11.00am – 12.00 noon (Womens session) Alt. Wed: Open to 7.00pm Thursday: 10.30am – 4.30pm Friday: 12.00 noon – 4.30pm Alt. Saturdays: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tel: 01397 700574
Healthy Working Lives
Healthy Working Lives provides a free and confidential occupational health and safety advice service for businesses with fewer than 250 employees.
Contact your local advisers for a free workplace visit:
Stephen Hodges HWL OH&S Adviser Tel: 07768 165 516
Paula Martin HWL OH&S Adviser Tel: 07768 274 709
Highland SDS provide information to help people gain an understanding of self directed support from a perspective of people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and mental ill health.
Highland Community Care Forum (HCCF)
HCCF’s services are delivered by Connecting Carers. For example they run training and information sessions which help carers to look after themselves and the people that they care. All of the sessions that they run cover the topics that carers tell them they want to know more about. They are currently running sessions which help carers to manage their stress and also speak up for themselves in a comfortable, confident way. Other courses offer carers the opportunity to learn more about how ‘the System’ works and what to think about when planning for the future. They also run sessions which help carers to understand how to move themselves and assist the person that they care for in a safe way.
Connecting Carers can also offer carers who may be feeling a bit isolated or lacking support a Befriender. Befrienders work with carers to help them to step away from their caring roles for an hour or so each week in a friendly and informal way.
Tel: 01463 718817
Fax: 01463 718818
Highland Users Group
HUG is a network of users of mental health services who live in the Highlands, campaigning to improve the rights, services and treatments of those with mental health problems.
A forum for those with mental health issues, their families and healthcare professionals. Also information in the form of reports, talks and newsletters.
Tel: 01463 718817
The aim of the directory is to be the most comprehensive, accurate, easy to use and up to date source of information regarding organisations in the Inverness area which cater for the needs of older people. It has been created and is managed by the members of the Inverness Men's Shed.
The Knowledge Network
Information-rich website, also a portal to other information sources on the Internet.
This website has replaced the NHS Scotland e-library as Scotland’s source of knowledge for health and care.
- Raise mental health awareness;
- combat stigma and increase understanding;
- Provide emotional support, practical help & information;
- Initiate research into causes, treatments and experiences of mental illness.
Tel: 020 7375 1002
Scottish Mental Health Coop
The Scottish Mental Health Co-operative is a not for profit umbrella body that aims to represent the collective voice of local mental health service providers in Scotland.
Scottish Recovery Network (SRN)
An affiliation of organisations and individuals from varied backgrounds who all share an interest in efforts to promote recovery.
The website contains news and events and allows interested persons and organisations to register for updates. It also provides access to the Scottish Recovery Indicator (SRI) tool to help mental health services ensure that their activities are focussed on supporting the recovery of the people who use their services.
Seaboard Cares is a local charity working in Partnership with NHS Highland, Highlife Highland, Ross0shire Voluntary Action and RCOP. They address health and wellbeing across all ages in the community.
Website: Seaboard Cares
Support in Mind Scotland
Support in Mind Scotland works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people affected by serious mental illness. This includes those who are family members, carers and supporters.