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)
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.
Cassiobury Court - Helplines
A helpful guide to UK Free Mental Health Helplines. http://www.cassioburycourt.com/article/98/guide-to-uk-free-mental-health-helplines
Support in Mind Scotland’s Companas Cottage is a resource centre in Alness for adults who are affected by mental ill health, their families and carers. The service aims to help service users gain greater self-confidence and to develop better self-management skills and coping strategies to support their mental health recovery. The centre offers a wide range of self-management groups, education and skills development and arts and crafts and gardening opportunities and peer support groups. There is also a social hub for refreshments and snacks and socialising. To access Companas Cottage a referral is required. Please call for information.
Hours of opening are Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 13.00pm and 13.30pm to 15.30pm.
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.
83 High Street
Tel: 01349 884566
The Centre is on two levels so there is limited wheelchair access.
Support in Mind Scotland’s Cothrom Centre is a resource centre in Fort William for adults who are affected by mental ill health, their families and carers. The service aims to help service users gain greater self-confidence and to develop better self-management skills and coping strategies to support their mental health recovery. The centre offers a range of groups and activities, social and educational and peer support groups. There is also a social cafe for refreshments and snacks and socialising. To access The Cothrom Centre a referral is required. Please call for information.
Cothrom Centre, Nevis Centre,
Fort William PH33 6AN
Monday - Friday 12.00 - 4.30pm
Tel: 07739 216 457
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
Support in Mind Scotland’s The Gatehouse is a resource centre in Golspie for adults who are affected by mental ill health, their families and carers. The service aims to help service users gain greater self-confidence and to develop better self-management skills and coping strategies to support their mental health recovery. The centre offers a wide range of self-management groups, education and skills development and arts and crafts and gardening opportunities and peer support groups. There is also a social hub for refreshments and snacks and socialising. Friday at the Gatehouse is for Whatz upp – groups for young people aged 16 to 25. To access The Gatehouse a referral is required. Please call for information.
The Gatehouse, Lawson Memorial Hospital,
Monday 11.00am – 4.00pm Wednesday 11.00am – 4.00pm Friday Whatz Upp 11.00am – 4.00pm
Tel: 01408 634283
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 723575
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 719366
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: 0300 304 7000
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, Ross-Shire Voluntary Action and RCOP. They address health and wellbeing across all ages in the community.
Website: Seaboard Cares