Suicide. Don't hide it.
Talk about it.

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

We are here to help

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116 123 (UK)

Lines open 24hrs.

What is Samaritans?
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0800 83 85 87

Lines open 24hrs at weekends
(Fri-Mon:6pm-6am) and 6pm to 2am at other times (Mon-Thur).

What is Breathing space?

Do you need help now?

If so call

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Don't try to cope alone.


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.

Phone: 116 123 (UK) Freephone

You can also:

  • email Samaritans at
  • write to Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
  • phone the single national minicom number 08457 90 91 92 * if you are deaf or hard of hearing
  • text 07725 909090 for support.

The service is delivered by 20 000 trained volunteers based in 201 branches of Samaritans in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

* Calls will cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge.

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Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a free and confidential phoneline service for anyone in Scotland who is experiencing low mood or depression and needs someone to talk to.

Trained specialist advisors will listen to your problems and offer advice, guidance and support underpinned by empathy, warmth and understanding.

Phone: 0800 83 85 87 (free phone)

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.

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Worried about someone?

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.

Someone you know may be at risk of suicide if they:

  • appear stressed, anxious or depressed
  • don’t seem to be coping with any problems they may have
  • are distracted, moody or withdrawn
  • show marked changes in their eating, sleeping or drinking habits.

What you can do:

  • Take all signs of distress seriously, even if the person seems to be living a normal life.
  • Ask the person about what’s troubling them.
  • Listen carefully to what they have to say.
  • Let them know you care.

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.

The Art of Conversation – a guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma

Our guide gives advice and tips on spotting suicidal signs, striking up difficult conversations around suicide and listening effectively.

Download the free Art of Conversation guide [PDF - 497KB]

Getting further help

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.

* Calls will cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge.