Local Services




The Bounds Centre, University of Aberdeen

Freely available counselling service for the local community.

If your preferred language is not English, sessions may be offered in your own language.

Face-to-face and online sessions available.

Email: thebounds@abdn.ac.uk

Website: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/education/research/the-bounds/counselling-service-1111.php


GREC’s Adult Counselling Service

Free and confidential specialist counselling support for adults in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray who are affected by discrimination, prejudice and hate crime.

Free interpretation services are provided if your preferred language is not English.

To make an appointment please contact us

Phone: 01224595505

Email: pbooth@grec.co.uk

Website: https://grec.co.uk/adult-counselling/



Specialist mental health and wellbeing support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but also offering support to women who are seeking asylum and refugees in other areas in Scotland.

Services are free and confidential and include counselling.

Phone: 0131 556 9302

Email: info@saheliya.co.uk

Website: www.saheliya.co.uk


Aberdeen Linking Lives Befriending service

For adults in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who find themselves requiring some extra friendship and support. This is provided through weekly home visits or telephone calls with volunteers which are carefully selected, trained and vetted.

Phone: 07425 622600

Email: aberdeen@linkinglives.uk

Website: www.aberdeenlinkinglives.org


Barnardo’s Boloh Helpline

UK wide confidential helpline focused on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of adults seeking asylum. advice, signposting, emotional support and 8 free sessions of therapy are offered by qualified Barnardo’s therapists.

Sessions can take place remotely via telephone or online.

Barnardo’s has a large pool of culturally informed therapists who speak a range of languages. Helpline Advisors can also offer much needed practical support such as food vouchers and access to digital devices.

Hours: Mon - Fri 10am-8pm Sat 10-3pm

Website: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/boloh-helpline


Breathing Space

A free and confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland (over 16) feeling low, anxious or depressed.

If your preferred language is not English, you can tell the advisor you need an interpreter and you will be able to access Language Line support, which is also free and confidential.

Phone: 0800 838587

Hours: Mon-Thurs 6pm –2am Fri-Mon 6pm – 6am

Website: www.breathingspace.scot


Amina (The Muslim’s Women Resource Centre) Helpline and chat

The Helpline service is a listening ear and signposting service for Muslim and women from ethnic minorities across Scotland.

It is free from mobiles and landlines and will not appear on your phone bill.

All calls are strictly confidential and nonjudgemental; and Amina deals with clients in a faith and culturally sensitive manner.

Service is available in English, Arabic, Punjabi, Urdu, but a translation service can be accessed for other languages.

Helpline: 0808 801 0301 Mon - Fri 10am – 4pm

Email: info@mwrc.org.uk

Website: www.mwrc.org.uk


Amina (The Muslim’s Women Resource Centre) Telephone Befriending Service

This service aims to provide support to socially isolated ethnic minority or Muslim Women.

Trained telephone befrienders provide emotional support through weekly conversation on the phone.

Through time, this helps individuals to achieve greater independence and self-confidence.

Telephone: 0141 212 8420

For more information request a referral form writing to their email: befriending@mwrc.org.uk

Website: mwrc.org.uk/helpline/telephone-befriending-service/


Networks of Wellbeing (NoW)

Inclusive and diverse organisation which promotes and supports people in improving their mental health and wellbeing.

Based in Huntly in Aberdeenshire, NoW offers a community-based service centred around the five ways to wellbeing approach to good mental health.

Email: info@networksofwellbeing.org

Website: www.networksofwellbeing.org


Home Start Aberdeen

Local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times.

Support is provided for struggling young families in Aberdeen who have at least one child aged 5 and under.

Telephone: 01224693545

Email: admin@homestartaberdeen.org.uk

Website: www.homestartaberdeen.org.uk


Moray Wellness College

Central online access for courses and opportunities that support you to focus on your strengths and manage issues like long-term life challenges or conditions.

To check current courses, please visit the website.

Website: www.moraywellbeinghub.org.uk/wellness-college


Other Formats and Languages

These service details, and other local and national services, are also available in other formats and languages, upon request.

Phone: 01224 551116 or 01224 552245 or

Email: gram.communications@nhs.scot

You can also check out SAMH's literature now available in different languages here:



NHS Grampian and Partnerships

If you want to learn about the alternatives for support within NHS Grampian and

relevant partnerships, please ask at your GP or directly to your clinician.


Additional Support

Faith based organisations such as churches, mosques or temples –among others are often mentioned by community members as a good first point to ask for support when required.

For more information in Moray, please visit: