Links and Resources

A list of links and resources you may find helpful

Help and Support

NHS 24 – Advice and information on how to look after yourself and treat common health problems yourself.

Breathing Space - A free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

Samaritans – Providing confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

Child Protection -  This website, provides you with all the information you need about child protection in West Dunbartonshire.

Crisis Counselling Erskine – Crisis provides counselling and support to adults, children and adolescents.

West Dunbartonshire HSCP Adult Mental Health – Integrated services across the local authority.

West Dunbartonshire Violence Against Women Partnership – Domestic abuse includes physical, mental, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.

Men’s Advice Line - Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).

Rape Crisis Scotland – A national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.

The Silver Line – The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Survivor Scotland – A Scotland-wide resource of support and services for survivors of sexual abuse.

CARA – CARA Project (Challenging and Responding to Abuse)


Mental Health and Well Being

West Dunbartonshire HSCP Services - A range of local services to improve mental health and well being.

Glasgow STEPS – The NHS primary care mental health team in South East Glasgow, advising on common stress problems and providing some ideas on how best to tackle them.

Steps for Stress – The Scottish Government’s website for dealing with stress.

Living Life to the Full – The Living Life to the Full course is a life skills course that aims to provide access to high quality, practical and user-friendly training in life skills.

Eat Well – The Food Standards Agency’s consumer advice and information site, packed with reliable and practical advice about healthy eating, understanding food labels and how what we eat can affect our health.

Live Active – A scheme in partnership between Greater Glasgow NHS and local service providers including West Dunbartonshire Council.

ALISS – (A Local Information System for Scotland) is a search and collaboration tool for Health and Wellbeing resources in Scotland. It helps signpost people to useful community support, and with an ALISS account you can contribute the many and varied resources that our local communities have to offer.

Six Depression Symptoms Men Should Pay Attention To – A useful article indicating some of the symptoms of depression men may experience.

Local Services and Organisations

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – The largest health board in the UK providing healthcare to over 1.2 million people.

WDHSCP – A strategic partnership between West Dunbartonshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, bringing together both NHS and Local Authority responsibilities for community-based health and social care services within a single, integrated structure.

Prince’s Trust – Providing practical and financial support to young people, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation.

Scottish Women’s Aid – The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

Alcoholics Anonymous – A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

DACA – A community-based alcohol service providing advice, information and counselling for anyone in West Dunbartonshire who is affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol-related problems.

Alternatives - Based in both Clydebank and Dumbarton offering alternatives to drug use through a range of confidential services for individuals and families currently or previously affected by drugs.

Scottish Men’s Shed Association – The Scottish Men’s Shed Association was launched in November 2015 with the aim of helping new and existing groups to set up and run a Men’s Shed in their local town or community. Here you can find a Shed or start a Shed. They will give a helping hand to anyone looking for assistance or more information on what it means to develop and run a Men’s Shed.

West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Service – Representing, advising, supporting and developing all levels of voluntary and community activity across West Dunbartonshire.

West Dunbartonshire Mental Health Forum – WDMHF brings together people in West Dunbartonshire living with mental health, difficulties, carers & people who have an interest in Mental Health.


Employability and Welfare Benefits

West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership – Improving the well being for all who live, work, visit and do business in West Dunbartonshire.

Citizens Advice Bureau – Providing free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

Independent Resource Centre – Providing free advice and support to all, but specifically aiming to assist those on low incomes; those with unmanageable debts; those out of work; and those who are eligible for benefits.

The Lennox Partnership – Providing high quality specialist intermediary support services on behalf of a range of key public sector agencies.

Volunteer Scotland – Informing and modernising approaches to volunteering policy, enhancing practice and improving the quality of the volunteering experience for the people of Scotland.

Loch Lomond National Park - There is a lot going on in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park including volunteering opportunities.

A Guide to Workplace Bullying – Bullying is a problem across ages and environments and is more common than you think. This guide explores what steps both employees and employers can take to overcome and stamp out a bullying culture in the workplace.



SRN – Scottish Recovery Network – An initiative designed to raise awareness of recovery from mental health problems.

WRAP – Mary Ellen Copeland – The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence-based system that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of health challenges.



Scottish Association for Mental Health  – Scotland’s leading mental health charity, SAMH provide help, information and support to people with mental health problems.


Strategic Links

MH Strategy (Scottish Government) – The Scottish Government’s mental health strategy to 2015 sets out a range of key commitments across the full spectrum of mental health improvement, services and recovery to ensure delivery of effective, quality care and treatment for people with a mental illness, their carers and families.

Self Directed Support in Scotland - A one-stop-shop for information about Self-Directed Support for people who use social care services and health and social care professionals.

West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership - The aim of West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership is to improve the well being for all who live, work, visit and do business in the area.

WDHSCP – Plan - The WDCHCP operates within the wider context of Community Planning and the existing Council and NHS strategic frameworks.