if you are feeling suicidal, the best thing is to talk. Speak to someone you can trust or call a helpline.We are here to help
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service available across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for anyone who is struggling to cope. . You can talk to Samaritans about whatever you are going through. Samaritans Volunteers offer support via phone call, text, email and letters.
Many branches also offer facilities for you to come into the branch and talk to a volunteer face to face if you find it easier. There are 19 branches in Scotland. Check your local branch information to see if it offers this service.
You can also:
Breathing Space is a free and confidential phoneline service for anyone in Scotland who is experiencing low mood or depression and need someone to talk to.
Trained specialist advisors will listen to your problems and may offer advice, guidance and support underpinned by empathy, warmth and understanding.
24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday).
6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).
You can also call Breathing Space if you need support with helping someone you're worried about.Visit Breathing Space
If you are worried that someone is suicidal, ask them. It could save their life.
Most people thinking about suicide will try to let someone know. The key to helping is watching out for the warning signs and knowing what to do to help.
If it feels right, ask if they are thinking about suicide. It won’t put the thought in their head if it wasn’t there before, but it can be a big relief for them to be able to say, ‘Yes, I am’ and acknowledge they need help.
Our guide gives advice and tips on spotting suicidal signs, striking up difficult conversations around suicide and listening effectively.
For help and advice for the person you’re worried about call Breathing Space or Samaritans. You can even call them yourself to talk things through – dealing with suicide can be difficult.