Mental Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a sharp rise in mental health issues for women in Scotland. Uncertainty about the future, social isolation, and fears over wellbeing have exacerbated what was already a mental health crisis. The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) have continued to hear about these pressing issues over the course of the past few months.


We are hosting a Zoom Conference on Mental Health, one of the most vital topics for discussion in current times. Find out loads more information here.

This event will take place on Wednesday 18th November, between 3pm and 5pm.

A second conference is taking place via zoom on Tuesday 24th November between 3pm and 5pm.

Cross Party Group

Scotland's Cross Party Group (CPG) on Mental Health provides an opportunity for Members of all political parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss the shared interest of Scotland's mental health.

Find out more about this Group, individuals and organisations involved, and access their reports, here.

Key Contacts - Helplines, Websites & Social Media

SAMH - SAMH is Scotland's national mental health charity. Their website currently features specific advice and guidance for self-help and well-being during the Coronavirus pandemic. 0344 800 0550, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Samaritans - Mental Health charity specialising in crisis support, particularly for those at risk of suicide. "Whatever you are going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year." 116 123, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Breathing Space - Free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. "We are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information." 0800 83 85 87

See Me Scotland - Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, enabling people who experience mental health problems to live fulfilled lives. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Cope Scotland - Caring Over People's Emotions (COPE), "a dynamic organisation led by the voices of lived experience of mental, emotional distress and health inequalities." Twitter

Mental Health Foundation Scotland - "In Scotland, we focus on social justice and inequality in mental health, raising awareness of mental health with the public and working in partnership with community organisations, policy makers and researchers." Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Clearyourhead.scot - "These are worrying and uncertain times. The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all in Scotland and has had a real impact on how many of us are feeling. It's ok to not feel yourself right now, and we have some great tips to help get you through it."

Penumbra - One of Scotland's largest mental health charities. "We provide a wide range of services which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery and we campaign to increase public knowledge about mental health and to influence national and local government policy." Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Support in Mind Scotland - Action for people affected by mental illness, with many diverse projects and services located throughout Scotland. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Glasgow Association for Mental Health - "We promote the mental health and wellbeing of people and their communities; providing more than 2000 hours of community based support every week to people in Glasgow." Facebook, Twitter

OCD UK - A recovery focussed charity, who provide evidence-based information, advice and support to those affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Scottish Recovery Network - "People and their experiences are at the heart of everything the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) do. Everyone has mental health. We believe that together we can make recovery real for everyone in every community." Facebook, Twitter

Saheliya - A specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area. Facebook, Twitter

Link Up Women's Support - A women's only mental health charity in North East Edinburgh, empowering women who experience mental health difficulties through a diverse variety of work within a safe, caring community. Twitter

Maternal Mental Health Scotland - Website created to provide a deep volume of information for women affected by perinatal mental health issues, their partners, families and general public. Facebook, Twitter

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Organisation committed to sharing the best evidence and setting the highest standards for practice within Child and Adolescent Mental Health. "Our membership comprises a diverse group of clinicians, practitioners and world-leading child mental health researchers, working across an array of child and adolescent mental health domains." Facebook, Twitter