With support from the people in your life and maybe with a little help from other sources, such as the resources on this website, you’ll most likely find ways to cope with your traumatic experiences.
However, making sense of trauma takes time - usually much longer than you expect and certainly longer than many of the people around you expect. If you’re worried about the way that you’re coping, or if you have concerns about your mental health more generally and think you may need further support, please get in touch with your GP in the first instance.
Here are some other sources of support you might want to consider:
The Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership websites are a good place to look for locally available support:
- The ‘iThrive’ website focuses on support available Edinburgh–wide. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
- ‘Midspace’ is Midlothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
- ‘Eastspace’ is East Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
- ‘Westspace’ is West Lothian’s online source of mental health and wellbeing information. You can search for local support to meet your needs by clicking here.
The following National organisations focus specifically on trauma and may also be helpful:
Childhood sexual abuse
- The In Care Survivors Service Scotland – 0800 121 6027
Trauma specialist counselling and advocacy support service for adults who suffered childhood abuse in care. www.incaresurvivors.org.uk
- National Association of People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) – 0808 801 0331 www.napac.org.uk
- Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline – 08088 01 03 02 Open every day from 6pm until midnight for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. Offers free and confidential support and information by phone or email. www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
- Trauma Counselling Line Scotland – 0808 802 0406m Confidential telephone counselling service for survivors of childhood abuse. www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/trauma_counselling_line_scotland/d15/
- Trauma support (Edinburgh) Pathway (Health in Mind) – 0131 225 8508 Practical and emotional support for women and men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Provides support to develop coping strategies, build self-confidence and reduce stress and anxiety. www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/trauma_support_edinburgh/d159/
- Domestic Abuse Helpline – Free 24 hours helpline: 0800 027 1234
- Edinburgh Women’s Aid – 0131 315 8110 (Mon-Wed & Fri. 10am – 3pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-1pm) Offers confidential support, a drop-in service and information to women who have experienced abuse by their partner or ex-partner. Can provide refuge accommodation for women and any accompanying children. Telephone and one-to-one crisis counselling. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Respect Helpline – 0808 802 4040 Helpline offering information and advice to women and men who are abusive towards their partners and want help to stop. www.respectphoneline.org.uk // email@example.com
- Shakti Women’s Aid – 0131 475 2399 Shakti Women’s Aid helps BME women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/ or other members of the household. www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Women’s Aid – East & Midlothian Support line: 0131 561 5800 (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm) www.womensaideml.org , email@example.com
- Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) – 0808 800 0024 Works with any man over 16 concerned about domestic abuse, regardless of sexuality, age, disability or ethnic origin. firstname.lastname@example.org www.abusedmeninscotland.org
- CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) www.thecalmzone.net
- FearFree – 0131 624 7270 Support for people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man or from the LGBT+ community. FearFreeInfo@sacro.org.uk / https://fearfree.scot
- Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 032 (Mon & Wed 9am – 8pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am – 5pm) Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. www.mensadviceline.org.uk / email@example.com
- M Power – 0808 808 4321 National helpline for men who have who have been raped, assaulted or abused in childhood or adult life, and partners (male and female) and family members of abused men. Telephone line is staffed by both men and women. www.male-rape.org.uk
- Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline – 08088 01 03 02 Open every day from 6pm until midnight for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. Offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information by phone or email. Supports women, men, all members of the trans community and non-binary people, as well as their family, friends and workers. www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
- Survivors UK – Online helpline: Mon-Sun 12-8pm National helpline for men who have experienced child sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape. Also supports family, friends and partners. www.survivorsuk.org / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trauma Support (Edinburgh) – Pathway men – 0131 225 8508 Practical and emotional support for men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse or men who have experienced rape/sexual abuse or domestic violence as adults. Provides support to develop coping strategies, build self-confidence and reduce stress and anxiety. www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/trauma_support_edinburgh/d159/
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Board – 0141 331 2726 You may be able to help in getting financial compensation if you are the victim of crime or violence. Application forms available from the CICA website. www.cica.gov.uk
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – 0300 020 3000 PFOEdinburgh@copfs.gov.uk / www.copfs.gov.uk
- Police Scotland Non-Emergency / To report a crime: 101 / Emergency: 999
- Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Helpline – 08088 010 789 Free legal information www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk
- Victim Information and Advice (VIA) – 0300 020 3000 Provides information to victims who are going through the Court process. Offers case-specific information about the criminal justice system works and advice. www.copfs.gov.uk/involved-in-a-case/victims – EnquiryPoint@copfs.gov.uk
- Victim Support Scotland – 0800 160 1985 www.victimsupportsco.co.uk
- Witness Service – 0131 220 1550 Service based in the Court and run by Victim Support for witnesses and victims attending Court. Provides practical and emotional support, before, during or after a court appearance. Will also provide support to victims and witnesses not attending Court, as well as family and friends. Anyone can self–refer and the crime does not need to have been reported to the police. email@example.com
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis and in imminent danger of causing harm to themselves or others, call 999 immediately
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