Celebrating 20 years of Breathing Space

30 January 2024

West Space is proud to support Scotland’s national mental health service Breathing Space and celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.

Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone and web chat service for anyone in Scotland aged 16 and over experiencing low mood, depression, or anxiety. Part of a suite of mental health services delivered by NHS 24, Breathing Space launched in 2004 and has grown to become a vital lifeline for countless individuals across the country. Available for everyone aged 16 and over living in Scotland, the service offers a listening ear, practical advice, and essential support during times of emotional distress.

Over the past two decades, Breathing Space has made a profound impact, responding to more than 1.5 million calls, and providing more than 96,000 hours of one-to-one support. This crucial service would not be possible without the unwavering commitment of its dedicated staff, who answer calls day and night, offering non-judgmental support to anyone in need.

Tony McLaren, National Coordinator, Breathing Space, said:

“For twenty years, Breathing Space has been a beacon of hope for people struggling with their mental health. We are incredibly proud of the difference we’ve made in supporting individuals and families across Scotland. Our commitment to providing accessible, confidential, and compassionate non-judgmental support remains unwavering, and we look forward to continuing to be a vital resource for many years to come.”

To access Breathing Space Scotland’s free and confidential service, call 0800 83 85 87 or visit their website at breathingspace.scot for online chat and resources.


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