Get Help

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with childhood sexual abuse you can find a list of useful contacts below.

The SSCHAIR Crisis Support Information (as below) is available to download here.

24 Hour Support Numbers

NHS24  111 
Samaritans 116123 (free 24hr helpline)

Part Time Support Numbers

Anxiety UK  08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 5.30pm)
Mind 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am - 6pm)
No Panic 0844 967 4848 (Daily, 10am - 10pm)
OCD Action 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 5pm)
OCD UK 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm)
Rethink 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 4pm)
Samaritans Shetland

01595 694 449 (local call charges apply)
Mon - Wed, 7.30pm - 11.30pm (phone lines)
Mon - Wed, 7.30pm - 10.30pm (face to face)
Thurs & Fri, 9pm - 2am (phone lines)
Thurs & Fri, 9pm - 10.30pm (face to face)


0300 304 7000 (Daily, 4.30pm - 10.30pm)

Online Resources

Methods for Reducing Anxiety Attacks in Public

  • Become aware of your breathing.  Breath in slowly through your nose for the count of 3, hold for the count of 3 and breath slowly out through your mouth for the count of 3.  Repeat until you feel calmer.
  • Eat some chocolate as this releases a chemical in the brain which can make you feel calmer.
  • Create a short mantra for yourself such as “This is anxiety and it will pass” or “I am safe”, whatever feels right for you.
  • Have a small object that you can hold in your hand.  This could be a toy, a rock, a crystal, anything that you can concentrate on to help distract you from the anxiety.  Try out different objects when you are not feeling anxious to find what suits you best.
  • Think of 3 things that you can see, 3 things that you can smell, 3 things that you can touch and 3 things that you can hear.
  • Stamp your feet on the ground to help you feel more grounded.
  • Pick something and count how many you can see or just count up to a certain number, repeat as necessary.
  • Tense all of your muscles and then start relaxing them one by one starting from the top and working your way down.
  • Visualise a safe place.  When you are not feeling anxious then try and think of somewhere that makes you feel safe.  This can be an actual place or a fantasy, the beach, a mountain, a forest, anywhere that feels right for you.

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