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Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing poor mental health.

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The Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there to provide lifesaving suicide prevention support. They have can help if you call.

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If  you have an urgent problem and you're not sure what to do. NHS will tell you the right place to get help if you need to see someone.

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Shout is a free text messaging service which provides 24/7 support for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Are you looking for help in a crisis?

Wellbeing is not a 24/7 service and does not accept crisis referrals. If you are at risk of harm to yourself or others, please reach out to a loved one or within working hours contact your G.P.  You can also contact the following:

In a crisis?

Are you or someone you know suicidal?

Find more information on suicide here: Surviving Suicidal Thoughts

Talk openly about suicide and don't avoid the issue.

Listen to your friend or relative's feelings.

Express your own feelings.

Ask for help. Get assistance.

Do not be judgemental.

Alternatives are available, talk about those.

Do not promise confidentiality, you may need to call for urgent help.

Remove any means the person has to complete or attempt suicide.

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What to do in a crisis?

What to do?

DO bring the person to a calm environment.

DON'T give complex instructions.

DO explain what you are doing and why.

DO speak calmly to avoid excitements.

DON'T talk a person out of their feelings - they are very real to them.

DON'T make sudden moves.

DO stay with the person and listen (if safe for you).

DON'T assume that everything a person says is the result of a delusion - it may be true.

DO get help from professionals.

The advice ‘WAIT’ is one good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for:


Watch out for signs of distress and uncharacteristic behaviour (e.g. social withdrawal, excessive quietness, irritability, uncharacteristic outburst, talking about death or suicide)

Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts?”

(Asking about suicide does not encourage it, nor does it lead a person to start thinking about it; in fact it may help prevent it, and can start a potentially life-saving conversation)

It will pass (assure your loved one that, with help, their suicidal feelings will pass with time)

Talk to others (encourage your loved one to seek help from a GP or health professional)

Suicide Prevention Advice

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