Midlothian Mental Health and Resilience Service


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The Mental Health and Resilience Service (or MHARS for short) is a compassionate wellbeing support service covering Midlothian. It’s designed to offer rapid practical and emotional support to people aged 18 and over experiencing distress and feelings of overwhelm.

If you are experiencing distress such as financial worries or the breakdown of a relationship, or if you feel like you’re approaching an emotional crisis, perhaps we can help.

How does it work?

Our conversation with you will focus on your skills, talents and strengths. Our team will support you to reduce your distress and take practical steps to manage future distress. Our support will be designed around your needs and choices. We will work with you to find out what matters to you and support you to identify goals. If you want, we can tailor your support to be inclusive of the people in your life, ie, carers, family, friends and partner agencies. We’ll support you to develop wellbeing plans and strategies that will enable you to improve your wellbeing and realise your potential. We’ll use our local knowledge to connect you into community resources that can support you to access meaningful services and activities.

Accessing support

The service is for people aged 18 and over living in Midlothian. All you need to do is call our freephone number. This is called self-referral.

Opening times

Our freephone support line operates seven days a week between 8am and 10pm.


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Our story

We are Penumbra Mental Health, a pioneering charity providing dedicated services for people experiencing mild to serious and enduring mental ill health.

We support people on their journey to better mental health, by working with each person to find their own way forward.

The power of people’s lived experience enables us to provide pioneering services which transform lives.

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Welcome to our online self-referral form. Please complete as much of this form as possible. Once we receive your form, we aim to respond within 72 hours. Thank you.

Please complete Section A (details of the person you are referring) and Section B (your own details as the referrer)

Once we have your form, our team will aim to contact the person you’re referring within 72 hours. Thank you.

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