Information & support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in BBC Scotland Investigates, Suicide, the following organisations can help:
Edinburgh Crisis Centre
Edinburgh Crisis Centre provide a 24 hour service to people who are experiencing crisis and are in mental distress, who are over the age of 16 and who live in the City of Edinburgh. They also provide support to carers of people who are in distress. Their freephone confidential helpline can be contacted on 0808 801 0414
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information.
If you think you need Breathing Space call 0800 83 85 87 (6pm til 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend, from Friday 6pm til Monday 6am), or visit breathingspacescotland.co.uk
If you’re a young person and you’re considering suicide, or you feel depressed or like you’re not coping with life, HOPELineUK, provided by the organisation PAPYRUS, is a confidential helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information.
You can call the helpline on 0800 068 41 41. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm and again from 7pm until 10pm, and between 2pm until 5pm at the weekend. PAPYRUS can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know. You’ll also find them online at papyrus-uk.org
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
Contact the Samaritans by phone on 08457 90 90 90, or visit samaritans.org
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Contact them by phone on 0844 561 6855, 9am to 9pm every day, or visit uk-sobs.org.uk