We are aware that some of our research papers raise difficult topics and that individuals may want to seek further support after reading them. Below, we have provided a list of sexual health and wellbeing resources that are there to support you if you need them.
Chalmers Sexual Health Centre
Chalmers is the specialist sexual health service for NHS Lothian. They provide a range of sexual, reproductive and emotional health services, including contraception advice and supplies, emergency contraception, STI testing and treatment, and abortion services.
0131 536 1070
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre offers free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people and young people aged 12-18 in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
0131 557 6737
They have a dedicated Student Survivor Project: https://www.ercc.scot/studentsurvivors/ and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also run the SIA project, specifically supporting black and minority ethnic survivors: https://www.ercc.scot/still-i-am-sia-survivors-from-the-black-minority-ethnic-community/, which can emailed at SIA@ercc.scot.
The Advice Place
The Advice Place provides a team of professionally trained advisors to support students at the University of Edinburgh. They also offer access to free condoms at their Potterrow office.
To speak to an advisor, call 0131 374 4581
Sexual Health Scotland
0800 22 44 88
Provides information about contraception (including emergency contraception) and how to access it.
Brook Advisory Service
Brook supports, educates and empowers young people to make informed decisions about their sexual health and wellbeing.
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland run a national helpline, every night, between 6pm and midnight to offer support and information to anyone who has been affected by sexual violence. You can call them on 08088 010302.
Crew exists to reduce harm, challenge perceptions and help people make positive choices about their drug use and sexual health by providing non-judgemental information and support.
Waverley Care supports anyone living with or affected by HIV or Hepatitis C in Scotland. They offer support groups, one-to-one mentoring and education sessions.
Livechat at www.lgbthealth.org.uk
The helpline operates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-9pm and Thursday and Sunday 1-6pm.
Call on 0300 123 2523.
Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 027 1234
Chat online at https://sdafmh.org.uk/
Call 116 123