Emergency Support and Local Contacts


Mind Your Head

Mind Your Head | Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Shetland


Samaritans provide confidential, non judgemental support – 24 hour service

Shetland | Samaritans


Citizens Advice Bureau

Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau | Free, impartial and confidential advice (shetlandcab.org.uk)


Spectrum Life 

You may feel at a crisis point or are just feeling a bit rubbish and need to offload.

You can access a 24/7 out of hours mental health support line via Spectrum.Life or via the phone:

Phone: 0800 031 8227

Text ‘Hi’ to WhatsApp or SMS: 07418 360780

All calls are answered by clinically trained counsellors or psychotherapists.

You can talk to them about anything, including stress, anxiety, low mood, financial worries, loss and grief, relationship difficulties and substance abuse issues.

This is completely free to all our students, aged 16 or over, offering a range of ways to interact from phoning, texting, Whats App, or Zen chat (through the web portal).


Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone service for anyone experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call: 0800 83 85 87


SHOUT Crisis Text Line. Text Shout to 85258
Do you need help now? This crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text SHOUT to 85258


Safer Shetland

Safer Shetland - Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults in Shetland


NHS 24

NHS 24 | NHS 24


Shetland Islands Council - Keeping Safe, Protection and Emergencies



Emergency crisis – mental health support if someone is in immediate danger call 999