Let's talk

It can be hard to start a conversation with someone about their emotional wellbeing. However if you are worried about someone, try and get them to talk.

It can particularly hard to have personal conversations with colleagues, but you might feel comfortable trying. If not, perhaps your manager or HR colleagues could start a conversation with them. If you are genuinely worried about a colleague, don't just ignore it.

Talk to a professional

There are a range of great helplines that employ professional support staff who are trained to listen to those going through periods of trauma. You might not feel qualified to help, but these organisations are.

At work, encourage your employer to signpost external helplines around common areas. This will help challenge the stigma attached to reaching out for help.

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LawCare provides a free, independent and confidential helpline for legal professionals and their families. Practical help and support for those experiencing stress and ill health or facing redundancy as well as information for those returning after a period of maternity or paternity leave.

Breathing Space

Breathing Space aims to provide an alternative and easily accessible ‘first stop’ service; assistance at an early stage in order to stop problems escalating; empathy, understanding and advice through active listening; hope when none exists; direction for those who do not know where to seek help.

Tel: 0800 838587


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Tel: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Support in mind Scotland

Support in Mind Scotland seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters.


A Glasgow based early service which provides support to individuals who have mild to moderate mental health issues covering anxiety, depression, relationship issues and overall low mood and provides support to manage stress. They also offer courses and podcasts.

You can refer yourself to Lifelink or refer a colleague, friend or client.

NHS A-Z of mental health helplines

There are a lot of helplines available and some can be very specific to a type of mental health issue, or a particular concern you may be facing. This list from the NHS provides information about general helplines but also contacts for specific related issues, for example drug misuse or gambling.