Open days 2017

Sessions are available between 10am – 12pm, and 2pm – 4pm. Please call Barrie Hunter or Nick Bell on 0131 561 0082 to arrange a visit.

If you are looking to visit us as a potential user of the service and/or as a carer for them, please call the helpline where arrangements for an individual visit can be discussed if you so wish.

Open day dates

  • Wednesday 18 January 2017
  • Wednesday 15 February 2017
  • Wednesday 15 March 2017
  • Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • Wednesday 17 May 2017
  • Wednesday 21 June 2017
  • Wednesday 19 July 2017
  • Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • Wednesday 20 September 2017
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Wednesday 13 December 2017
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Images of Hope and Recovery

The staff at the Edinburgh Crisis Centre have each submitted a photograph of an image they find relaxing or represents hope. These are on display in our Reception Room.

We would like to invite anyone who has accessed the centre to contribute a photograph of an image which represents hope, recovery or something relaxing to them. We would like to display some of these photos within the centre, these will remain anonymous.

You can send your photo to: admin@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk

Thank you!

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J K Rowling and Stephen Fry donate signed books to raise money for Penumbra service

Novelist Robert Galbraith (AKA J K Rowling) and comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry have both donated signed copies of their latest books to raise funds for the Edinburgh Crisis Centre.

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre opened in 2006 as Scotland’s first mental health crisis centre. It provides a free 24 hour helpline and text service for people in Edinburgh who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The centre also provides a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required. The centre is run by Scottish mental health charity Penumbra.

J K Rowling and Stephen Fry kindly donated the books after being contacted by Crisis Centre Manager Barrie Hunter. The books are now being auctioned online, along with certificates of authenticity, to raise funds for the service. Bidding finishes on 8 February 2017. You can find both listings here.

Both J K Rowling and Stephen Fry have campaigned to raise awareness of mental health issues, and have publicly spoken about their own experiences. For a period during her 20s Rowling suffered from depression and contemplated suicide. Some have speculated that her illness inspired the Dementor characters in the Harry Potter series. Stephen Fry has also experienced depression and has been diagnosed with bipolar. He now campaigns to raise awareness of mental health. He is the president of mental health charity Mind, and he is also involved with the mental health charity Stand to Reason.

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Miles Briggs MSP visits Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Today (7 November 2016) Lothian regional list MSP Miles Briggs visited the Edinburgh Crisis Centre, a 24/7 mental health crisis service run by mental health charity Penumbra and funded jointly by NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Mr Briggs, the Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Mental Health and Public Health, visited the service to find out about the vital support it provides to people in Edinburgh. He is also a member of the Cross-Party Group on Mental Health and a member of the Health and Sport Committee in the Scottish Parliament.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can contact the Edinburgh Crisis Centre on 0808 801 0414 (freephone), 0797 442 9075 (text) or email crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk. A free translation service is available for people who do not speak English as their first language.

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Edinburgh mental health crisis service sees 300% rise in calls since opening

An Edinburgh service which supports people experiencing a mental health crisis has seen demand for help rise significantly since it opened its doors 10 years ago.

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre provides immediate support for residents in the Capital who are experiencing intense and overwhelming mental health difficulties such as extreme anxiety or depression, and who may be considering suicide.

The Centre is unique in Scotland in offering quick-access one to one and short-stay residential mental health crisis support, alongside a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year confidential freephone, text and email support service.

Figures released by the Centre during Suicide Prevention Week (5 – 11 September 2016) show the number of people who called, texted and emailed rose from 392 between April 2007 and March 2008 – the first full year where data is available – to a peak of 1869 people for the year ending March 2014. This then fell to 1561 people last year, or around four people making contact with the Centre each day.

Even factoring in this slight fall, the Centre has experienced a rise of 300% on the number of people calling, texting and emailing compared to when it opened in August 2006.

Over the same period the number of visits to the Centre for one to one support has also risen from 138 in 2007-08 to a peak of 760 in 2013-14, before falling back to 620 for 2015-16.

The accumulative number of overnight stays at the Centre has also increased. Last year the centre provided a total of 325 nights of accommodation, up from 35 nights in 2008-2009 when it began offering short-stay residential support.

Edinburgh Crisis Centre Manager Barrie Hunter said:

“There is constant demand for support from the Crisis Centre. It is not unusual that we get several calls in the space of a few hours from people who are extremely distressed and need support immediately.

“Despite this I think there are still lots of people who don’t know we are here. It is vital that people know you can ring up and get face to face support, potentially on the same day, and stay overnight if you need to.

“As we mark our 10th anniversary we are particularly busy. Summer is usually a demanding time for us, not least because there are so many people in Edinburgh for the festival”.

Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive of Penumbra said:

“A mental health crisis is an extremely difficult thing to experience and it is vital people can access support quickly. Here in Edinburgh people can contact the Crisis Centre, but it is really concerning that similar provision isn’t available across Scotland, particularly in our big cities.

“We have a fantastic group of volunteers who help man the Crisis Centre phone lines and respond to emails and texts, and an amazing staff team who provide one-to-one support to people. As the service marks its 10th anniversary they really deserve our praise.”

To mark its 10 year milestone the Edinburgh Crisis Centre is holding a public event on 6 September at Leith Ex Servicemen’s Club, 7 Smiths Place, Leith. Malcolm Chisholm, former MSP and Minister for Health and Community Care, will speak at the event. More information can be found at: www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can contact the Edinburgh Crisis Centre on 0808 801 0414 (freephone), 0797 442 9075 (text) or email crisis@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk. A free translation service is available for people who do not speak English as their first language.

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For more information please contact Robin Murphy on 0131 475 2569 or email communications@penumbra.org.uk.

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Edinburgh Crisis Centre to celebrate 10 year anniversary

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre will celebrate its 10 year anniversary with an event at Leith Ex Servicemen’s Club (7 Smiths Place, Leith, EH6 8NT) on 6 September 2016 between 11am – 12noon.

Malcolm Chisholm, the former MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith and Scottish Government Minister for Health and Community Care, will be speaking at the event.

Following the event there will be an opportunity for guests to visit the Crisis Centre for a tour.

If you would like to attend the celebration event please contact Jacqui Walton on 0131 561 0082 or email admin@edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk.

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