Suicide prevention

It’s hard to talk about suicide

But you don’t need to keep it bottled up. If things are becoming a bit much, it’s important to reach out if you feel that way, or you’re worried about a friend or loved one. There’s always someone ready to listen and help. This could be a friend, family member or loved one, or it could be someone who can offer professional help like your GP or a helpline. There is help available.

We’ve listed some resources that can help if you are struggling with your mental health. If you need to talk to someone, you can contact one of the organisations listed below.

If you are feeling suicidal, or are worried about someone

NHS 24 Mental Health Hub is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When you call, follow the telephone prompts to be connected to the Mental Health Hub.

  • 111

The Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They will listen to you, and they will never judge you or tell you what to do.

The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is for people who live in Edinburgh who are having a mental health crisis, and people who are caring for people with mental health issues. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and calls to them are free.

Breathing Space is a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Calls to them are free and the number won’t show up on your bill.

  • 0800 83 85 87, 6pm – 2am Monday to Thursday and any time from 6pm on Friday to 6am on Monday.

  • A webchat service Monday to Friday, 6pm to 2am and Saturday and Sunday, 4pm to 12am.

Childline is for anyone under the age of 19 who needs support with any issue they are going through. Calling Childline is free and doesn’t show up on the phone bill.

  • 0800 1111 7.30am – 3.30am Monday – Friday, and 9am – 3.30am Saturday and Sunday

  • 1-2-1 counsellor chat service 7.30am – 10.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am – 10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday

PAPYRUS provides confidential support and advice to children and young people under the age of 35 struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a child or young person.