Immediate Help and Support
If you feel that you are in danger of harming yourself or others, contact 999 immediately, or go to A&E.
You could also call the following support services:
NHS 24 – 111 / Web – NHS UK
Samaritans – 116 123 (Free from landlines and mobiles) / Web – Samaritans
Breathing Space – breathingspace.scot
Childline – 0800 1111 / Web – Childline.org
West Lothian Council Social Work Services – website WLC Social Work
Out of Hours Emergency Service 01506 281028 / 281029
West Lothian Council main number 01506 280000
Often, parents don’t think of themselves as ‘carers’ – after all they are simply looking after their child like any other parent. But caring for a child with additional needs can bring a host of additional things to think about, which your friends with more typical children may not understand.
It’s important to ‘find your tribe’ – other parents who are going through similar situations to you. Everyone’s experiences are different, so you can’t assume that what applies to their child will be the same for yours, but they will usually be a great source of tips and support, especially when your friends with more typical children don’t understand. Some places you can find them are:
Local Facebook group Parents Together West Lothian is a private group of parents whose children are neurodivergent. You can ask to join by messaging the group . Facebook in general is a good place to find others who share your interests or circumstances.
Other support groups for common and rare conditions can be found by looking at Contact’s conditions directory (also referenced on the conditions page) where each entry includes information about any support groups that Contact are aware of.
If your child has a very rare condition that does not have an official name, you may find support at SWAN UK (Syndrome Without a Name)
Harry’s Pals supports parents whose child has recently been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.
Autistic Parents UK has online peer support groups and regular webinars.
If you are a parent who has, or suspects you have, ADHD, this article might be helpful.
Carers of West Lothian have regular ‘coffee and chat’ sessions for parent carers – contact them for more details.
Broxburn Autism Support group meets at Grace Community Church, 39 Greendykes Road, Broxburn. For more information contact Gillian Glancy
Kidz Eco run ASN drop-in play sessions – contact them for more information.
Dads’ group – a new dads’ group – Link here – run by the dads themselves, started in March 2023.
ADHDitude – ADHD support group for parents with ADHD or parents of children who they suspect or have been diagnosed with ADHD. The group runs weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, Broxburn Baptist Church, Freeland Avenue, Broxburn, West Lothian. Further information can be found here facebook.com/broxburnbaptist
Anxiety, depression and mood management
See our page Simple Strategies for Calm for some strategies to use for immediate relief from overwhelm or stress.
There is NHS-approved information and courses on their Mental Wellbeing page.
Living Life to the Full offers free registration and access to online information on managing stress and mood, living with a long-term condition, and enjoying your baby – or you can buy books and worksheets. They also have resources for dental anxiety
Depression and Anxiety local support group First Wednesday each month, Crofthead Farm Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG, phone 0131 225 8508 or email: email@example.com
Wellbeing Services South Glasgow has online self-help resources on lots of wellbeing topics such as assertiveness, low self-esteem, carers’ mental health, anger, agoraphobia and more. There are also audio resources to listen to wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/relaxation
Bridge Community Project offers ‘Stepping Stones to Wellbeing’ including a one-day Emotional Lifejacket course (free) at Beechbrae near Blackridge, which offers a chance to learn relaxation in friendly, informal surroundings, and a 12 week Branching Out course to build skills and confidence (free by referral from a professional such as a GP or counsellor) Neither of these requires you to talk about what is troubling you – you can simply enjoy the activities on offer and take a break from the rest of your life.
West Lothian Wellbeing offers support to adults with mild to moderate mental health issues through their referral service
Westspace has an online directory showing local resources for wellbeing.