Mental health charities prepared for busy spell

Scotland’s mental health charities are preparing for their busiest time of the year.

Scotland’s Breathing Space helpline receives close to 4,000 calls over the festive period, and the Samaritans expect to answer around 15,000 calls a day over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Both charities’ helplines will be available throughout the holiday period for those in need of help.

Breathing space can be reached on 0800 838587 from 6 2 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours at the weekend.

Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90 or by e-mailing email

Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, said: “Mental health issues can arise at any time and for anyone. Help is always available to anyone who needs it.”