Change Mental Health

For 50 years, our mission has remained the same: to help and support people affected by mental illness.

We are excited to continue that journey as Change Mental Health.

At Change Mental Health, we place people at the heart of what we do, provide transformational services, and work in and as part of communities across Scotland. We are driven by the lived experiences of the people we support and work with. Join us to make change for the greater good, to change society, to ensure a better quality of life, and to build a future where no one needs to face mental illness alone.

We are a national mental health charity delivering non-clinical, person-centred support to people affected by mental illness in communities across the country for the last 50 years.

Highland services

Community Link Worker Project, Highlands

This service is a joint initiative between Change Mental Health, NHS Highland, and the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI).

The focus of the project is to improve health outcomes for people experiencing poor mental health and living in high deprivation areas.


Distress Brief Intervention

Distress Brief Intervention is a brief intervention for people experiencing mental distress. A self-management programme with face-to-face or virtual appointments available, DBI is a 365-day service which aims to reduce the pressures on frontline staff.

The overall aim of the project is to provide a compassionate and effective response to those in distress, with the hope they will engage with and stay connected to services or support that may benefit them over time.

Email: or phone 01463 710963

Cairdeas Cottage, Inverness

The Cottage is a resource centre for those affected by mental ill health. It is attractively situated by the River Ness in the heart of the city. Through a balance of activities and social interaction, our aim is to encourage peer support which may build up confidence thus aiding the recovery process. The Cottage offers a cafe providing nourishing and inexpensive meals and snacks. There is a lounge where people can relax and meet others. We also facilitate Hearing Voices and Bi-Polar peer support groups, with additional groups such as relaxation, crafting, etc.

We operate a self referral system, but also welcome referrals from other agencies and professionals.


The Gatehouse, Golspie

The Gatehouse Resource Centre is a friendly, safe, environment, which offers a comfortable setting for people in East Sutherland who are affected by mental ill health to access support through groupwork

The service offers a diverse timetable of activities to promote recovery, which includes the opportunity to participate in our walking group, arts and crafts, gardening and music group, along with peer support and well-being sessions to help build self-esteem and confidence.

Email: or call 01408 633206.

Companas Cottage, Alness

Change Mental Health Ross-shire Service is based at Companas Cottage, Alness. The Cottage is a resource centre offering support to people affected by mental ill health.

The service offers a variety of different activities and skills development groups, self-management and recovery focused groups and peer support along with a social hub for chatting and making friends.

The Outreach Service is based at Companas Cottage but reaches out to people across Easter Ross. This service offers intensive 1-1 support, using community venues or meeting people in their own homes.

Email: or call 01349 884566.

Cothrom Centre, Fort William

Cothrom Centre service offers a welcoming environment for people experiencing mental ill health to access support from our trained and professional staff.
There are opportunities to participate in a variety of activities aimed at building self-esteem and confidence and promoting recovery. The service supports people to become more involved in their community in and around Fort William.

The outreach service is based at Cothrom Centre but reaches out to people across the whole of the Lochaber area. This service offers one-to-one support, by meeting people in their own homes or externally in the community.

Email or call: 01397 700574

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

This service is for anyone impacted by the loss of someone to suicide - families and friends, as well as children and young people. The service is available to people living in Highland and Argyll and Bute, but you can also access the service if you live out-with this area, but the death occurred in Highland/Argyll and Bute.

Specially trained staff are in place to provide emotional and personalised support to people, based on their individual needs. This can include help with practical things, such as talking to funeral directors, social work departments or Police Scotland. Staff are also in place to provide a safe space for you to talk and be listened to.

Email: or call 0800 471 4768

National Services

Information and Support Line
Our Information and Support Line, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, signposts you to local support that most fits your needs and tells you more about our Change Mental Health services.
Contact our Information and Support service today, or call 0300 323 1545.

Mental Health and Money Advice
We run the Mental Health and Money Advice (MHMA) service in Scotland, launched by Mental Health UK. We’re here for anyone with a mental illness who is struggling with their money, as well as anyone whose financial problems are affecting their mental health.
Contact MHMA or visit the MHMA website

Young people’s programmes
Bloom and Your Resilience are the largest programmes supporting young people’s mental health resilience with early preventative support. We equip young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions and develop personalized action plans to gain confidence in managing their own mental health.
Contact the Bloom team

National Rural Mental Health Forum
As an action point of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy, the Forum has grown to more than 220 membership organisations from the public, private and third sector across Scotland to make it everyone’s business to tackle mental health. Seminars enable rural people to be open about their mental health and develops an evidence base for what works to improve people’s lives, as well as influencing and informing policy makers to deliver positive change.
Contact the Forum

Clic, brought to you by Mental Health UK, offers online resources and facilitates a safe environment for people to chat peer to peer online. On the platform you will also find Bloom on Clic – a group for teachers to help them access mental health support online for their own learning and the young people they support.
Visit Clic today


Want to find out more about the support Change Mental Health delivers nationally?

Read our resources at the bottom of this page to learn more about what’s happening nationally. If you need further information about the support we deliver across the country, contact us below:

Telephone: contact our Information and Support Line on 0300 323 1545



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