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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.

Suicide prevention week

Local support

Tayside Suicide Prevention

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.

The Neuk - Adult Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention Centre

Telephone: 01738 718070

There is a safe and welcoming environment provided for those who are in crisis. This may be due to situational stress that is affecting mental health and wellbeing e.g. relationship breakdown, bereavement, loss of job or coping with lifestyle changes. If you need a safe space, need to talk, or need someone to listen staff are available to listen and care.  Further information can be found on the Neuk mental health crisis centre website.

The Lighthouse (Children and Young People Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Service)

Telephone: 0800 121 4820

They offer crisis support to anyone who is at risk with their mental health. This includes whose who are at risk of suicide or self-injury or are in emotional distress or crisis. They offer a safe space to talk and be supported. Staff and volunteers are available to offer a welcoming, non-judgemental approach. Family support is available for any parent/brother or sister/ carer etc. of young people accessing the service.  Further information can be found on the The Lighthouse website.

National support

NHS 24 Mental Health Hub

Telephone: 111 - the Mental Health Hub is open 24/7

NHS 24 Mental Health Hub NHS 24 mental health services are available to everyone in Scotland. The services available include listening, offering advice and guiding you to further help if required.

Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 (Free phone) - 24 hours, 365 days a year

This is a confidential emotional support service for anyone experience feelings of distress or despair, or for people with worries about someone else.  Further information can be found on the Samaritans website.

Breathing Space 

Telephone: 0800 83 85 87 (free phone)

  • Weekdays: 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday-Thursday)
  • Weekends: 24 hours (6pm Friday - 6am Monday)

This is a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland who is who is experiencing low mood or depression and needs someone to talk to. You can also call Breathing Space if you need support with helping someone you're worried about.  Further information can be found on the Breathing Space website.

National support for children and young people

PAPYRUS Prevention of young suicide

Telephone: 0800 068 4141 - HOPELine247 is a confidential suicide prevention advice service.

If you are a young person at risk of suicide or are worried about a young person at risk of suicide.

Papyrus is a UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.  Further information can be found on the PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide website.

Childline

Telephone: 0800 1111

Free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people (under 19)  in the UK.  Further information can be found on the Childline website

After a suicide

If you or someone you know needs support after someone has died by suicide, help is available.

The Perth and Kinross Early Intervention and Prevention Team

Telephone: 0345 30 111 20

 They offer support for families and/or friends who have been affected by suicide.

Cruse Scotland

Telephone: 0808 802 6161 (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm Weekends 1pm-4pm)

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland are here to help you. Cruse seeks to help anyone experiencing bereavement to understand their grief and cope with their loss.  Further information can be found on the Cruse Bereavement Care website.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Telephone: 0300 111 5065 - 9am to 9pm Mon-Fri.

Meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide.  Further information can be found on the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - Overcoming the isolation of people bereaved by suicide website.

SAMH for Scotland's mental health

If you have been affected by someone dying by suicide, please see their support page on the After A Suicide | SAMH website and downloadable guide.

Suicide Prevention Training in Perth and Kinross

Regular suicide prevention training is available for multi agency staff and members of the public.  If you would like to know more please email SuicidePrevention@pkc.gov.uk.

Suicide prevention national work

United to prevent suicide

United to Prevent Suicide is a social movement of people from across Scotland united in a shared belief that every one of us has a role to play in prevention suicide.

The website has some helpful information including a 30 second film focussed on the difficulty of saying the word suicide. This was co-produced with people who have lived experience.

Suicide prevention strategy and action plan

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

In June 2023, Scottish Government have created a new suicide prevention delivery collective that is called Suicide Prevention Scotland.  Scottish Government have created a new Suicide prevention - Mental health - gov.scot page to highlight the national work and key documents.

They also have a newly rebranded Twitter account for Suicide Prevention Scotland - @SuicidePrevScot

Last modified on 07 February 2024

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