MAF is not a crisis service.
If you need support in a crisis, these organisations can help you.
Call 999 if your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger.
A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone’s time.
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call 24/7: 116 123
Breathing Space is a psychological counselling service in Scotland for people feeling depressed, or with other urgent psychological problems.
The Breathing Space phoneline is available:
- 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday – 6am Monday)
- 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday – Thursday).
0800 83 85 87
Childline is charity which supports anyone under 19 in the UK with any issues they are going through.
Call 24/7: 0800 1111
Health In Mind
“Health In Mind” offer free confidential telephone counselling to adult survivors in Scotland who have suffered childhood abuse. They work with survivors of any abuse whether this is physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, spiritual or neglect. Their counsellors are diploma trained and work to the BACP Ethical Framework.
After a crime: your rights in Scotland
Improving victims engagement in the parole process
Association of Child Protection Professionals
The Association of Child Protection Professionals is a registered charity and membership association. They provide education and professional development opportunities for those working in child protection.
Code of Practice for Victims of Crime
This page contains links to other websites which have additional relevant information that you can access.
COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy
OSCR - Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
The independent Regulator and registrar for Scotland’s charities, including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities, and major care providers.
Protective Behaviours (PB’s) is a safety awareness and resilience building programme which helps children and adults to recognise any situation where they feel worried or unsafe, such as feeling stressed, bullied or threatened; and explores practical ways to keep safe.
SCVO - The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
The national membership organisation for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises,
Standards of Service for Victims and Witnesses
Section 2 of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 requires Police Scotland, The Parole Board for Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, and the Scottish Prison Service to set and publish standards of service for victims and witnesses.
Justice and support for child abuse survivors
The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
ACAL is an association set up for the benefit of victims, lawyers, experts and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and adults abused in childhood, as well as the mentally handicapped and others directly or indirectly affected by that abuse.
United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
UNICEF believes that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)
Monday to Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed
0808 801 0331
Upstream Project by Stop It Now
The Upstream Project was set up to enable adults and communities in Scotland prevent child sexual abuse. We believe that preventing child sexual abuse is all our responsibility and this depends on changing the thinking and behaviour of adults.
LGBT Youth Scotland is the national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country.
LGBT Health & Wellbeing works to improve the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.
The Equality Network is a leading national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland
Scottish Trans Alliance is the Equality Network project to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland
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