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:


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 |

Lothian Bipolar Self Help Group

Supported by Bipolar Fellowship Scotland. Meets on the last Monday of every month, 7pm to 9pm at Private Meeting Room of Starbucks, 120 Princes St, EH2 4AD. This group is aimed specifically for young people aged 18-30 with bipolar disorder and their friends, family and carers in the same age range. The programme for the coming year can be seen on the website. | 0141 560 2050 |

Care for Carers

Delivers services to carers in Edinburgh, specific short breaks and a number of support groups and meeting for carers, including:
Family & Friends Support Group - Open to all carers of people with mental health difficulties. Meets on the third Thursday of each month from 2-4pm at Davidson Mains Parish Church Hall. | 0131 661 2077 (Ruth MacLennan) |

Edinburgh Young Carers Project

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 |

CARERS and Relatives Alliance (CARA)

Open to all mental health carers. Meets the first Tuesday of most months, 4.45 - 6.15 pm at The Stafford Centre, 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. Please phone to confirm time. | 0131 629 1844 |

Carers of West Lothian

Offer a wide range of groups for carers. Their Mental Health Support Group meet the first Monday of every month from 6 to 8 pm. The group offers support for carers of individuals with a mental health condition. Each meeting covers different topics such as advocacy, recovery to changing relationships. Full 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, Peffer Place, EH16 4BB. | 0131 370 0393 |

Festival & Kings Theatres - Forget Me Not Project

The Forget Me Not Theatre Club is an informal social group for people who support or care for someone living with dementia. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm at the  Festival Theatre. It’s a chance to meet up over a cuppa and a biscuit or two and look at shows of interest, as well as guest speakers to invite and possible workshops to take part in or just sit and have a blether. (please note the group won't be meeting in Aug 16 due to the festival) | 0131 622 8444 | 

Forget Me Nots

Run by North West Carers, this dementia carers group is on every second Thursday, 11am-1pm at the Drumbrae Library Hub | 0131 315 3130 

Time for Carers

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

Penumbra, Edinburgh Self Harm Project – 1:1 Sessions 

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 229 6262 |

OCD Edinburgh Support Group

Open to anyone affected by OCD, including sufferers, families and friend. The group is run on the last Tuesday of each month from 7-9 pm at The Holyrood Suite, The Jury's Inn, Edinburgh EH1 1DH. It's an opportunity to share experiences and offer and receive help in a non-judgemental setting. Anyone who would like to attend can just turn up on the night or contact the details below for more information. |