Mental Health Information

This section of the website is designed to provide you with information on mental health and wellbeing.

Everybody has mental health just the same as everybody has physical health.

Mental health is about the way you think and feel about yourself, others and the world around you. It’s about your ability to enjoy life, to reach your goals and to pick yourself up when life gets difficult. It’s about how you manage your relationships and make the most of your potential. 

In the same way that our physical health can be affected there are times that things can get on top of us and affect our mental health.  We may have difficulty concentrating or we may feel alone; sometimes people get mental illnesses, like depression or anxiety or an eating disorder.  There are things we can do to help our mental health and wellbeing, and some of these things can and will help your physical health too.  People can and do recover from a mental illness or learn how to manage their symptoms so they don't have as big an impact on their life.

We hope you find this section helpful but we would ask that if there is specific information that you are looking for in relation to mental health and wellbeing that you can't locate on our website that you contact us to let us know.


If you are feeling suicidal it is very important for you to talk to someone and tell them how you are feeling. This could be a family member, a friend, a health professional, a helpline, whoever you feel comfortable talking to. If you are at high risk of killing yourself right now you should contact the emergency services (999) immediately.

NHS 24111
Lerwick Police01595 692110
Community Mental Health Team01595 743006
NHS Shetland01595 743000
Samaritans08457 90 90 90
Breathing Space0800 83 85 87
HOPELineUK0800 068 41 41

Please be aware that 0845 numbers cost between 1p and 10.5p per minute depending on the time of the day for landline customers, and often include a call set-up fee. Calls from mobile phones generally cost between 12p and 41p a minute.

0800 and 0808 are free of charge from a landline but charges may apply from mobile phones.

0843 and 0844 numbers usually cost between 1p and 13p per minute, and calls from mobile phones usually cost between 15p and 41p a minute depending on the provider and the number called.

In This Section...

I need urgent help

If you are feeling suicidal it is very important for you to talk to someone and tell them how you are feeling. This could be a family member, a friend, a health professional, or a helpline. It's whoever you feel comfortable talking to.

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I'm worried about someone

You may have noticed a change in the way a loved one or friend is behaving or maybe you think they are not coping with a situation. What can you do to help?

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Mental Health Problems

We have provided information on a number of mental health problems within this section. This can help tackle some of the myths and stigma surrounding mental health problems but also provide details of where to find out more information or access support in Shetland.

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Life stressors

Everyday there can be things that happen (or not) that can impact on our lives. Within this section we try to cover some of life's concerns. These are all things that can cause stress and anxiety or can lead to our wellbeing being directly affected. It's worth remembering that one thing happening, such as an isolated incident like losing your job, can be really stressful. Attached to that are so many worries including money concerns that can, for example, then lead to sleep problems and lower self-esteem. Therefore, although these life concerns are listed separately it is necessary to remember that often they can lead on to other concerns. It is the moment when things become too much when we have to be brave and ask for help.

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Mental health facts

Within this section we provide short introductions to information ranging from benefits to employment to insurance for individuals experiencing mental ill health.

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Long term support

If we support a loved one or friend over a long time our focus may always be centred on ensuring their wellbeing is looked after. You may find yourself even saying 'If they're fine then I'm fine'. Please take a moment to read over this section as we want to make sure you also look after yourself.

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Why Mental Health Matters

Sharing stories and personal opinion on why mental health matters to the community of Shetland.

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Looking after my mental wellbeing

Mental Health is everybody’s business. It’s about the way you think and feel, the way you cope with life’s difficulties, how you manage your relationships and making the most of your potential.

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People sometimes think that if they have a mental health issue they will be ill for life; this is not necessarily true, in fact people can be more likely to recovery from some mental health issues than they are to recover from some physical health conditions.

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