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World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

Let’s Talk About Suicide Guide

In support of World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, download our free guides below to learn about suicide prevention and what actionable steps you can take to support someone with suicidal thoughts.


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Your World Suicide Prevention Day Help Guide

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We know it can be hard to pick up the phone, but please reach out to somebody and let them know how you are feeling.

Samaritans (116 123) is a 24-hour anonymous service available every day of the year. If you prefer not to speak on the phone, you can email Samaritans at

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87) is a website and phone service for anyone experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

NHS 24 by dialling 111 if you feel you need to speak with a medical professional but cannot wait for your GP


If you need urgent help

Are you looking for help in a crisis?

If it is an emergency do not hesitate to call 999 for an ambulance or police help.

If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans helpline is 116 123 and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Calls can be made anytime, from any phone. All calls are confidential.

The Breathing Space helpline is open 24h at week-ends (Friday 6pm - Monday 6am) - All calls are confidential - 0800 83 85 87

If you cannot wait for your GP's surgery to open call NHS 24 by dialling 111

You can also call the police, your emergency social work team or emergency community mental health team.

If you are concerned about your own wellbeing or about the vulnerability of someone you know you can contact your local social work department . Click on this link to access contact details of all Social Work departments in Scotland

Are you or someone you know suicidal?

  • If it is an emergency do not hesitate to call 999

  • If you need to talk to someone call Samaritans - on 116 123 - open 24/7 or Breathing Space – on 0800 838587

  • 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

  • Do not be judgmental

  • 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

  • Get assistance

  • Call the Samaritans (116 123), Breathing Space (0800-83-85-87) or 999 if in an emergency

What to do in a crisis

  • DO bring the person to a calm environment

  • DO explain what you are doing and why

  • DO speak calmly to avoid further distress

  • DO remember that people may recall what has happened when they are well, even though they appear to be out of touch with reality at the time of the incident

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

  • DON'T give complex instructions

  • DON'T make sudden moves

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

  • DON'T assume that everything a person says is the result of a delusion - it may be true (e.g. reporting an incident)

Please Click on the Links to learn more and how you can honour world Suicide Prevention Day

Please Don't Suffer in silence

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