Breathing Space

Who we are

Phone us when you’re feeling low

We are a 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.

It is our belief and hope that by empowering people, they will have the resources to recover.

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience

In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls. Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise — from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns.

Whatever the causes, Dr. Lisa Damour has hopeful news for parents and teens: first, some degree of stress and anxiety is not only normal but essential for human growth. And if those levels become untenable, there are tested strategies for reining anxiety back in

Get extra support applying for benefits in Scotland

If you have a physical disability, learning disability or mental health condition, you can get extra support when applying for a benefit from Social Security Scotland.

The support you’ll get will be from a person known as an advocate.

What an advocate does

An advocate will listen to you and try to understand your point of view and what you want to happen.

They can help you to:

  • apply for a benefit
  • speak up and make sure your views are understood
  • be fully involved and able to make decisions
  • ask questions and get the information you need
  • understand your rights relating to Social Security Scotland benefits
  • express your rights, views, and wishes including what you want to achieve

They will not:

  • give you advice
  • make decisions for you
  • speak for you if you’re able to speak for yourself, unless you ask them to
  • give their own views or opinions

An advocate cannot be a friend or family member.

If you need an advocate, you should contact Social Security Scotland. They’ll be able to help you find one.

You can ask for help from an advocate at any point before, during or after applying for Social Security Scotland benefits. Was this helpful?

West Lothian Recovery Hub

Smart recovery meetings every Tuesday and Friday. Pick up the zoom link from the page to take part.