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Guidance Team In-school Counselling School Health Team

A page for resources for your mental health & Wellbeing.

Need to talk?

If you have a worry, a problem or just need to talk, there are lots of places to go.

Guidance Teachers are always willing to listen and will refer you on to the School Counsellor or other services if needed.

If you are in urgent distress and cannot find a Guidance Teacher, please go to the School Office and they will ensure someone is found to help you.

Other sources of help, including support available out of school hours, are listed below.

There are a number of ways puils can get support from the school and from external support services.

Guidance Team

Guidance staff are responsible for the overall pastoral care of pupils. Your Guidance teachers are there for you to talk to. They will listen and find the help you need. If your Guidance teacher is not available, go to the school office and they can find someone to help you.

School Counsellor

Kara Paul

Your Guidance Teacher can arrange for you to see the School Counsellor, Kara, or you can contact her by filling in a card and putting it into the box in the Music corridor or outside Guidance.
Your doctor Your GP can help with mental health issues, including referring you to CAMHS, the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
NHS 24 
If you’re feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or in need of emotional support you can phone NHS 24 on 111. For an emergency ambulance phone 999.
NHS Inform has a wealth of information and guidance available, https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and…/mental-health
Breathing Space is available to anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, and is open when other support such as family, friends or GPs may be unavailable. You can let them know what’s on your mind or ask about helpful resources in your area.
Phone 0800 83 85 87 open: Weekdays: Mon-Thurs (6pm – 2am) Weekend: Fri 6pm – Mon 6am
Text SHOUT to 85258.

Shout provides free, 24/7 text support for young people across the UK experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health Online Community free support for ages 16-19 years. Register with Orkney postcode.
On My Mind contains information and resources for young people to support their own mental health.


24 hour support if you are having suicidal thoughts. Call 116 123 for free.


Online practical tools and activities for improving mental health.
Relationships Scotland Orkney: Various services offered. Telephone: 01856 877750    Email: enquiries@rsorkney.org.uk.
 Online chat 1:1 and crisis messaging service. Call: 0808 8084994
Childline support young people up to age 19. Helpline: 0800 1111, or use 1:1 chat or email on their website
Calm – the Campaign against living miserably

Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 or webchat 5pm – midnight

Helpline, text and email support for young people and parents.
Suicide bereavement support for those who have been affected by a young person’s suicide.www.papyrus-uk.org/


If you are worried that a friend may be suicidal, there is clear information on how to help them on  NHS Inform.

Help for specific issues

Support for anyone aged 13+ affected by any form of sexual violence.

01856 872298  contact@orsas.scot or call in at 26 Bridge St

ORCA support service (Alcohol and Drugs) Orkney support service for individuals over 16 to minimise the harm caused by their substance misuse.

Call 01856 875815, text 07770 019 193, email: orca@ypeople.org.uk

Helpline: 0808 808 1677 ​or go to their website to use webchat
They have regular live sessions – can also chat online. Call 07984 356512
Helpline: 0808 801 0432 or go to their website to use webchat.
For victims and witnesses of crime

Helpline: 0800 160 1985

Free and confidential support to women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Phone: 01856 877900
Email: info@womensaidorkney.org

To promote mental well-being in Orkney, through active personalised support with a focus on recovery. We provide a range of services: Drop-In service, Out and About, Housing Support and a Befriending Service.
Phone: 01856 874 874
Email: admin@blidetrust.org
54 Victoria Street, Kirkwall

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Contact the Helpline 0808 2000 247
You can call us, for free, and in confidence, 24 hors a day. Use our live chat service online: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk. Monday – Friday 3pm – 10pm

Mental Health Resources & Support

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