Useful links

Useful links for cohort members (young people)
Useful links for parents and carers

For cohort members


On this website you can find advice for young people. They also have a chat function and a free helpline (0800 1111) that you can phone at any time and you can talk to someone about anything that is bothering you.


Samaritans provide confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings (free helpline 1160123)

Young Scot

On this website you can find information about the Young Scot card and lots of information about things to do, rewards and discounts for young people.

The Mix

On this website you can find support or advice about a range of issues affecting young people, such as mental health, sex, relationships, money and jobs. The Mix also have a free and confidential helpline (0808 808 4994), a live chat and a discussion board.


On this website you can find advice about staying safe online, online games, chatrooms, email and mobile phones.

Talk to Frank

On this website you can find free confidential advice on drugs and alcohol. They also have a helpline (0300 123 6600) and a live chat.

Young Minds

On this website you can get information about mental health conditions, feelings and symptoms, and what support is available to you (free helpline 0800 802 5544).

Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone line service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to (0800 83 85 87).

LGBT Youth

On this website you can find information and support about your sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT Youth have a live chat system where you can talk to a youth worker online, a number you can text (07786 202 370) and an LGBT advice centre. You can also find a map to your local LGBT youth group.

Rape Crisis Scotland

This website offers support for anyone affected by sexual violence. As well as providing information on sexual violence, they have a helpline offering confidential support to anyone affected (08088 01 03 02). They also offer support by email (

Sexual Health Scotland

On this website you can find advice and support on sex, sexual health, relationships and pregnancy. They also have an information line (0800 22 44 88) and sexual health service finder.

My World of Work

On this website you can find advice on work, careers, training (including internships) and further learning opportunities.

Citizens Advice Scotland

A website where you can get free, confidential advice on a limitless range of subjects including finances, housing and employment. You can also call their helpline on 0800 028 1456.

For parents and carers

Citizens Advice Scotland
0808 800 9060

A website where you can find your local advice bureau to get free, confidential advice on a limitless range of subjects. For online advice, you can also visit

Contact a Family helpline
0808 808 3555

Provides support, advice and a listening service for families of children with disabilities.

Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
0800 027 1234

Freephone, confidential, 24-hour helpline to support men, women and children affected by domestic abuse and forced marriage.

0845 767 8000

Provides information and support to anyone affected by mental illness.

0345 123 2303

The Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. Practical advice and information about the education and additional support system in Scotland.

The Samaritans116 123

The Samaritans provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal.

NHS 24

A 24-hour nurse advice and health information service for confidential information advice on your and your family’s health and well-being.

NHS Inform

Information on a range of areas related to mental and physical health.

One Parent Families Scotland
08008 801 0323

Specifically for single parents, the Lone Parent Helpline provides advice on a whole range of issues or are there if you just want to talk.

Parenting across Scotland

A great resource of useful contact numbers for parents and carers which will be able to help you every step of the way.

0800 028 2233

Provides a helpline offering advice on a whole range of parenting issues.


Scotland’s anti-bullying service provides guidance on how you can identify signs of bullying and what you can do to help.

Scottish Autism
01259 720 044

An advice line, and online resource, for those who are looking for support or more information regarding autism.

Skills Development Scotland
0800 917 8000

A website set up to help parents/carers talk to young people about their future career and employment.

Think U Know

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command offer information on how to keep children and young people safe when using the internet.

Working Families
0300 012 0312

Helpline for parents and carers for advice on the work-life balance such as employment leave rights, negotiating flexible hours and claiming tax credits.

YoungMinds Parents Helpline
0808 802 5544

A free phone helpline for parents and carers who may be concerned about a child or young person’s mental health and their emotional wellbeing.

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