PARENTS + FAMILIES

The Relationship Helpline


Parents call the Relationship Helpline because they need someone to talk to about family life. Someone to talk to about drifting apart from their partner. Someone who isn’t involved in the latest family feud and won’t storm out of the house. Someone who won’t make them feel like a bad parent or partner.

Our professional Helpline Counsellors are available to listen and support parents Monday to Friday on freephone 0808 802 2088. They won’t judge, take sides or get upset at what you need to say. But they could help you clear your head and work out what to do next.

Relationship helpline for parents dealing with family issues

The service is completely free of charge in Scotland and confidential. Your call won’t appear on any itemised phone bills*.

Call now, in confidence, on 0808 802 2088 during opening hours or use the links below to learn more:

The Relationship Helpline opening hours


The Relationship Helpline is open on 0808 802 2088 on the following days and times, excluding public holidays:

  • Monday: 9am to 9pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 9pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 9pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 9pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4pm.

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Common issues the Relationship Helpline deals with


The Relationship Helpline is available to deal with any relationship problem that a parent might have. Below is a list of common challenges that we regularly help our callers with:

  • Relationship problems with a spouse or partner
  • Mental health issues
  • Divorce or separation
  • Sibling rivalry and/or conflict
  • Parenting struggles
  • Behavioural problems in children
  • The impact of disability, caring responsibilities or chronic ill-health
  • Covid-19 and relationship issues caused by lockdown, social distancing and/or isolation.

Life can feel overwhelming at times. The relationships we value most – with our partner, children and family – can really suffer as a result. Sometimes, those relationships are the source of our problems and lead to issues like anxiety or depression.

If you find yourself feeling like this, please call the free Relationship Helpline on 0808 802 2088 during opening hours.

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Further support and counselling


Callers to the Relationship Helpline can access more focused counselling and support if they think it would help them. Just like calls to the helpline, there is no charge for additional counselling.

The Relationship Helpline offers 200 hours per week of free counselling to callers who need it, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government. Learn more about accessing 6 sessions of free counselling or freephone 0808 802 2088.

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*At the end of your call you may be asked some questions about the helpline. These questions are only used to monitor usage of this service and data is processed in accordance with our privacy policy.

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Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within Scotland and do not appear on itemised bills.