Resources: Individual & Group Support

These organisations include mental health specific and offer one-to-one support and information for carers, family and friends.

Carers Groups

Groups are a great way to meet other carers, share similar experiences and learn more about mental health issues. Listed are some city-wide groups open to carers:

Alzheimers Scotland

Run singing groups and cafes in Edinburgh and the Lothians for people with dementia and their carers. 


Pasda support families of adults with autism. They provide information and support to parents, partners and siblings who are supporting an adult [over 16] on the autism spectrum in Edinburgh and the Lothians. They hold a number of regular meetings for family carers and also run training workshops and courses. | 0131 475 2416 |

Bipolar Edinburgh

Bipolar Edinburgh provides information, peer support and self-management guidance to anyone affected by bipolar. Carers/friends family are welcome. Details for their groups and services can be found on their website. | 0131 376 3360 |

Care for Carers

Delivers services to carers in Edinburgh, specific short breaks and individual support. | 0131 661 2077 |

Edinburgh Young Carers

Offer young carer groups with organised activities, discussions, support and a chance to meet other young carers and have fun. As well as providing a safe space to talk about young carers issues it is also recognised that young carers need ‘time-out’ to just be a young person. | 0131 475 2322 |

Change Mental Health (CARA Group - Carers and Relatives Alliance)

Open to all mental health carers. Meets every six weeks at The Stafford Centre, 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. | 0131 557 0718 |

Carers of West Lothian

Offer a wide range of groups for carers, including a mental health support group. Details are available on their website. | 01506 448000 |

Edinburgh Headway Group

Has the Brain Injury Carers Support Project, which are dedicated to supporting carers of adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI). Also provides respite opportunities. They are located at Unit 4, 27 Peffer Place, EH16 4BB. | 0131 370 0393 |

Time for Carers

A support group for those who care for someone with dementia. Run by the Sea Grove Centre, it is held at North Edinburgh Dementia Care, 13 Fleming Place, EH7 6GY. | 0131 553 7147 |

Edinburgh Trauma Informed Self-Harm Support Service

Penumbra works to promote mental health and wellbeing for all. Flexible and informal appointments can be made for parents, partners and carers who support someone who is self harming to come along to offload their concerns or seek information and guidance. | 0131 221 9607 |