By raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world.

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven means that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.

Individuals, companies and organisations from across the world must unite in this extremely important cause. That's why we are supporting our peers and their vital campaigns to help reduce suicide.

To get involved and show your support, please like, share and if you don't already, follow us and these other organisations on social media.

Guidance on suicide and suicidal thoughts

Suicide

Suicide can be a hard thing to talk about. We have created two guidance leaflets to help you if you are experiencing your own suicidal thoughts, or to help you support someone else who is suicidal. You can view these here. 

And our charity partner, Mental Health UK, has an informative library on suicide, and their Myths Vs. Truths section may be of particular interest. Find it here.

Causes to get behind

United to Prevent Suicide

United to Prevent Suicide is a social movement of people from all across Scotland, united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide. They are looking for as many people as possible to sign their name to the cause. You can do so, and browse their library of resources and support, here.

National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group

NSPLG is an independent group set up to advise on, and establish delivery of, Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan. Find out more about the action plan here. Stay up to date with the group's latest updates here.

Samaritans

Every day, Samaritans respond to around 10,000 calls for help. They offer a service free of judgement and pressure, and it is a vital service to those in crises. Find out more about their organisation and how you can support them by visiting their website.

Grassroots

Stay Alive app features

Grassroots help to create safe spaces in communities for lifesaving conversations about suicide. They support people to develop the skills and confidence needed to save lives. Download their free app, The Stay Alive App, to help you be better equipped to support someone you may be worrying about, or if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts yourself. It is full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.

Support in Mind Scotland Services

Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)

Distress Brief Intervention Scotland Logo

The DBI Project enables front-line services to give a consistent, compassionate response to people presenting in distress, knowing that they can refer people quickly to effective support that will start without delay.

Since launching in 2017 this service has gone from strength to strength. Click here to find out more.

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

NSPLG have launched a pilot service for support families bereaved by suicide. The service will provide practical and emotional support to families who have lost a loved one to suicide, for up to two years. SiMS is proud to be working with Penumbra to facilitate this vital pilot. Read more about it here.

Our National Information Service

We offer a National Information Service which sign-posts you to the local support that best fits your needs, whether that be one of our own services across Scotland, or support from another organisation. Find out how to contact the service here
Please note, this is not a crisis line.


If you need it, ask for help

We know it can be hard to reach out, but please seek support if you are struggling.

A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You are not wasting anyone’s time. Please do not hesitate to call 999 or got to A&E now if you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.

Helplines

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 [email protected]

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 and your GP is unavailable

Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, text “YM” if you are under 19 years of age.

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.