Mental health - help in a crisis

Midlothian Mental Health and Resilience Service (MHARS) helpline

MHARS is a free confidential helpline for Midlothian residents aged 18-65, who experience mental health and wellbeing distress or crisis.

The service offers same-day direct access to compassionate support from a trained mental health practitioner. You don't have to be referred by your GP or a healthcare professional.

You can expect a brief initial conversation to gather information, and then a call back within an hour to address issues in more detail.  

MHARS practitioners can connect you to relevant community resources, services and activities. They can also tailor the support to include carers, family, friends and other partner agencies.

Over 65 years

If you are over 65 years and suffering from mental health distress:

  • contact your GP during working hours
  • or NHS 24. Call 111 outwith working hours. 

10-18 year-olds

Counselling services are also available for 10-18 year-olds. Details are on our Educational Psychology pages.