Family Issues

Listed below are some organisations / support groups that provide information and advice about mental health.
Although the information was originally collected for use within the Linlithgow community we hope the list could be useful to others.

For further information on any of the organisations - just follow the website link/s or where there are no website links available email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AdvicenowThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website which provides information on rights and legal issues summarised from 200 websites. Applies to England and Wales only.

After AdoptionThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone helplines and online enquiry service to help anyone affected by adoption. Links to other agencies covering adoption.

Anti-bullying networkThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out how to tackle bullying, where to go for advice.

C.A.R.E. (Christian Action Research and Education)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gives advice on counselling, provides helplines and campaigns on Christian ethics.

Care for the Family This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Making the internet a safer place. Useful information.

Child Support Laws

Offers extensive information on child support laws. Publishes questions that people have asked via the online Ask Our Experts form.

Children FirstThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Supports families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them recover from abuse and promote children's rights and interests.

Children in Scotland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with families and children.

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy 

Membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.

CrossReachThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social care and support service by the Church of Scotland. Available to all people in Scotland.

Domestic Abuse - West Lothian Council

Help for those suffering domestic abuse.

Eat Better Feel Better 

National eating campaign. Website has quick recipes, offers, handy hints, cookalong videos, and what's on in your area. Throughout Scotland there are a range of events, organisations and community groups that can help you to eat healthier. 

Eczema Outreach Scotland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eczema Outreach (Scotland) supports children & young people with eczema and their families in Scotland. Based in Linlithgow (West Lothian).

EnquireThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Scottish Advice Service for additional support for learning / special educational needs.

Families Anonymous

Offers meetings, resources and services for families who has a member with a drug problem. Helpline number 0845 1200 660

Families Need FathersThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during a breakdown.

Family FundThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Independent grant-giving organisation helping low-income families caring for a severely disabled child.


Family Law AssociationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To provide a point of reference for the public and for other organisations on family law issues.

Fatherhood InstituteThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UK's fatherhood think tank. Wide range of information about / for fathers on issues such as maternity, employment, education, and government policy etc.

Gamblers Anonymous

Support meetings offering fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other.

kindredThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supporting families of children and young people with additional needs.

Mellow ParentingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Offers programmes for parents to be, mothers with babies under one, and parents with children under five, helps mums and dads who have additional health and social care needs to be the best parents they can be to their child / children.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Information and advice about male eating disorders, definitions, signs and symptoms, treatments, getting support including support groups. Email available through website.

National Self Harm Network NSHNThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supports survivors and people who self harm and the people it affects e.g. family and friends. Provides information, contacts and raises awareness of needs.

Netmums This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers.

Notre Dame Centre - Adolescent UnitThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For emotionally disturbed young people together with support and guidance for their families. For more information e-mail them or us at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notre Dame Centre - Child Guidance ClinicThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For emotionally disturbed children with support and guidance for their families. For more information e-mail them or us at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

One Parent Families ScotlandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An independent organisation which works to achieve equality for lone parents and their children. Provides information, Counselling, Publications, and Training. Details of support groups.

Parenting across Scotland: information and support for families in ScotlandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides information for parents, carers and families in Scotland.

Parentline Scotland

ParentLine Scotland (08000 28 22 33) - a free confidential helpline operated by Children First for anyone caring for or concerned about a child in Scotland.

Relationships ScotlandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Offers relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other forms of family support across Scotland. Supports individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.

SACRO (Safeguarding Communities and Reducing Offending)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Criminal Justice service, which helps offenders and their families. Aims to influence criminal justice and social policy.

Scottish Adoption AssociationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Offers information counselling and support to anyone who has adopted, has been adopted or is interested in adoption.

Scottish Child Law CentreThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Provides free telephone advice service on all aspects of Scots Law relating to children and young people.

Scottish Mediation Network

Provides information about what mediation is, the different types of meditation and how it can help people agree a solution when there is disagreement.

Soldiers Sailors Airmen and Families AssociationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helps serving and ex-service men, women (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen) and their families. Forcesline, a free and confidential telephone helpline 0800 731 4880

Stop it Now! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Information and guidance on how to protect children from sexual abuse. For those concerned about a child or young persons sexual behaviour in the real world or online. Also for those concerned of their own sexual behaviour towards children.

Sure Start in West Lothian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Supporting Parents and Carers to make a positive start in young childrens’ lives from birth to age 3. Groups, drop-in sessions and one to one support, also including pre and post natal help.

The Mix: help and support for under 25s

Provides help and support for people under 25: everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.

Thinkuknow

Information for children, parents/teachers on the new technology of the internet, websites and mobiles and safe usage. Run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Email available through website.

United Christian Broadcasting (UCB) PrayerlineThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone and email contact that will pray with you / for you to bring God into the equation of your life.

West Lothian Food Bank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supplies emergency food for local people in crisis. See also The Trussell Trust website.

Women's Aid This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Online resources include: leaflets, posters, reports, books and resources for children. Free phone 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

Working Families Tax Credit  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information on the Working families Tax credits and child tax credits. Tax credits: general enquiries helpline 0345 300 3900 (text phone 0345 300 3909)

Zero Tolerance 

Independent charity which campaigns for the prevention of male violence against women and children. Email via website.