In and around Perth & Kinross, there are a number of support groups and organisations that can help you.
Whether you’re experiencing hardships, need someone to talk to or are looking for help discreetly, we hope you find the below guidance and connections useful.
Health & Wellbeing
Despite many folk helping to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, it’s still not an easy thing to talk about for some. However, there is support out there from groups and organisations that recognise the importance of sharing and discussing what’s on your mind.
Samaritans (Perth Branch)
All Strong Scotland
Further Mental Health Support
P&K Health & Social Care Partnership have compiled a directory of Mental Health services in the region which you may find useful.
Please note, whilst COVID-19 restrictions have eased, the above directory may not accurately detail the service provision at the moment – a specific guide was compiled in response to the pandemic – available here.
There’s been a lot of focus in the news and media on sexual health, particularly around the HIV epidemic through the likes of ‘It’s A Sin’ on Channel 4 and the ‘Positive’ on Sky Documentaries.
So, who can help you to keep your sexual health in check?
Fortunately, it’s quite straightforward these days, and it doesn’t always require you to visit a clinic!
Terrence Higgins Trust | Scotland
Provide sexual health support, including tailored services in Tayside. This includes providing free HIV self test kits, peer support for people living with HIV and/or Hep C and they also work in partnership with NHS Tayside to deliver sexual health services in the region.
Website | Email | Order a HIV Test Kit
Men Only Tayside (MOT)
A sexual health partnership (NHS Tayside & Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland) aimed at reducing stigma or prejudice for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with other men accessing sexual health services in the region.
They are inclusive of trans men and trans women, and services are free and confidential.
Website | Find a Community Clinic
Discrimination & Abuse
Whilst acceptance of LGBT+ people has improved widely in recent times, the community still faces a large amount of prejudice and discrimination.
There are a whole number of reasons why people may feel it’s okay to behave in such a way, but it is still damaging on lives simply because of a way they identify or present as an individual.
We hope the following resources can help you through any difficulties or situations you have experienced previously, at the moment or even in the future.
Hate Crime & Incidents
Hate crime and incidents can occur in many different ways, and it’s not always easy to recognise when they have happened.
This is when either individuals or a group are targeted because of their characteristics.
For LGBT+ people, this could be the way based on their sexuality or gender identity; other examples is where someone could be discriminated against based on their race, religion or because of a disability.
What’s the difference between ‘hate crimes’ and ‘hate incidents’?
Although the lines between what constitutes a hate crime and a hate incident can sometimes seem a bit blurred, Citizens Advice offer some details around how they can be defined. You should always try to report any incidents, either as a victim or a witness.
How you can report hate crimes and incidents?
It can be daunting to talk about something that has happened to you, or if you’ve witnessed it happening. The good thing is there are a number of ways you can report, and it doesn’t necessarily mean talking with enforcing bodies directly if you do have concerns.
Report to Police Scotland
The police take hate crime very seriously and will do everything they can to bring those responsible to justice.
Call 999 if you’re in immediate danger
Call 101 if it is not an emergency
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired:
Text (SMS) 999 if you’re in immediate danger
Text (SMS) 18001 if it is not an emergency
or Contact BSL
By Online Reporting
Visit the online form
Report via a Third Party Reporting Centre
If you don’t feel comfortable reporting to the police directly, you can report via a local third party reporting centre. These centres are often community organisations and charities, who have people trained to support and submit a hate crime on your behalf.
Crimestoppers are an independent charity that give people the opportunity to report crimes 100% anonymously – they will not ask you for any personal details.
They also have a language translation service and can take reports in many different languages.
You can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their online form.
Here are some support channels that you may find useful. If you’re looking for more specific support, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help you.
National Assistance Helpline
Support for those who are unable to leave their home and may not be able to access help online – providing access to essentials such as food and medicines.
You can also use this number to call on someone’s behalf that is looking for support.
0800 111 4000
Available Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
RASAC Perth & Kinross
Support for women and young people (aged 12-18) who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
They can provide support via. Zoom, phone, text or email
Helpline: 01738 630965
Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline
Supports women, men and transgender survivors as well as their family, friends and workers.
They can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for longer-term support. The helpline can also support those that are deaf or hard of hearing, as well facilitating language interpreters.
08088 01 03 02
Lines open daily, 6pm – 12am midnight
LGBT Helpline Scotland
A support line for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ or is questioning their identity, providing support for a whole range of issues – including emotional support and information.
Call: 0300 123 2523
Live chat at http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk
Provided by LGBT Health & Wellbeing
Tuesday & Wednesday – 12pm till 9pm
Thursday & Sunday – 1pm till 6pm
Scottish Trans Alliance
Work to improve trans equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. Can help connect you with other trans people and groups to find support, as well as offer opportunities to share your thoughts and views on trans matters.
A national charity working for LGBTI equality and human rights in Scotland.
Run campaigns to improve the livelihoods of LGBT people and communities, as well as offer information and support through their Information Service.
Call: 0800 050 2020
(Lines open Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm)
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Please contact the organisations or groups directly if you have any queries or concerns.