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Suicide support and prevention

Suicide. Don't hide it. Talk about it. If you are feeling suicidal or you are worried about someone else, help is available. Speak to someone you can trust, or call a helpline.


Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone experience feelings of distress or despair, or for people with worries about someone else.

  • Helpline: 116 123
  • Hard of Hearing? 08457 90 91 92
  • Email:
  • Write to us: Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK

Breathing Space 

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.You can also call Breathing Space if you need support with helping someone you're worried about.

  • Telephone: 0800 83 85 87 (free phone)
  • Opening hours:
    • Weekdays: 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday-Thursday)
    • Weekends: 24 hours (6pm Friday - 6am Monday)

Local support

You can find out about local services which can provide support in our  Mental Health Directory of Services (PDF) [685KB] .

The Tayside Suicide Prevention website, which can also be downloaded as an app to your mobile phone, provides:

  • Information about suicide
  • How to help
  • Local, Tayside and national support agency contacts
  • Guidance on creating a Safety Plan (PDF) [488KB] .  This document replicates the Safety Plan guidance and template.

Suicide prevention in Perth and Kinross

In response to the publication of the national strategy and action plan the local work is under review.  There will be an update to this site by March 2023.

Suicide Prevention training will be part of the review.

If you would like to know more before the next update, please email

Suicide prevention national work

On 29 September 2022 Scottish Government and COSLA published their ten year suicide prevention strategy 2022 - 2032 and three year action plan 2022- 2025.

Supporting young people and children at risk of self-harm and suicide

The aim of this guidance is to provide support for individuals and professionals supporting young people who are either self-harming or at risk of selfharm or suicide.  A full set of guidelines is available:

Suicide prevention - Translated materials

A range of the national Choose Life Suicide Prevention campaign materials are available in different languages.







Bereaved by suicide

The Early Intervention and Prevention Team also offer 'Bereaved by Suicide' support for families and/or friends who have been affected by suicide (Contact details below). Please also see our service directory (PDF) [590KB] for a list of useful contacts who can offer help and advice

Last modified on 27 October 2022

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