Suicide Prevention

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If you are in need of help or concerned about someone please call either:

  • Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 Available: Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday to Monday 6pm to 6am
  • Samaritans on 116 123 ('free-to-caller' available 24 hours a day)
  • SAMH National Information Service can help you find support in your area, freephone 0800 917 3466
  • NHS 24 provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland, telephone 111

If you are having serious thoughts about suicide, and you have a plan and the means to carry it out: call 999 right now.

What help is available in a crisis?

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mental Health Services Crisis Service- Telephone 0845 650 1730

The NHS now runs an 'out of hours' crisis service. The service can provide short-term intensive community based care as an alternative to hospital admission. This service is targeted at people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and operates seven days a week.

The Crisis Service is available:

  • Monday to Friday 20:00 - 09:00
  • Also weekends and public holidays 17:00 - 09:00

If you are having serious thoughts about suicide, and you have a plan and the means to carry it out: call 999 right now.


Self Harm / Self Injury

CASS Women's Self Injury Helpline 0808 800 8088


Monday to Friday 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Additionally on Thursday 3.00pm - 6.00pm

All calls are answered by female volunteers who have received specialist training.

"You can talk about anything you want to and we won't tell anyone you called. You don't have to be in crisis or distress at the time you call, and you can talk to us for up to half an hour each time we are open."

Self injury Support is a UK-wide support and training organisation which prepares a monthly e-bulletin. They aim to keep you up to date with support, training services, news and innovation in the area of self harm and self injury support. Previous newsletters can be viewed at:

You can sign up to the newsletter on their website or by emailing: stating your interest.

A national strategy with local action in Glasgow

The Choose Life programme provides advice, information, guidance and training to staff, carers and the community to help them support those who are suicidal and/or self harming. It offers advice on appropriate responses and interventions as well as signposting on to specific services.

The Choose Life training programme includes:

  • STORM (Skills based Training on Risk Management)
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • SafeTALK (SAFE: Suicide Awareness For Everyone)
  • 'TALK' is the principle of:

Tell someone if you are having thoughts of suicide
Ask someone if you are concerned they might be thinking of suicide
Listen to someone in a supportive and attentive manner
Keep them safe from suicide

Why have Suicide Prevention Activities?

In 2014 there were 696 deaths by suicide in Scotland (deaths from intentional self harm and events of undetermined intent). The suicide rate for males is around 2 and a half times the rate for females.

In the same period within Glasgow there were 85 deaths by suicide. That means that roughly every 4 days somebody in Glasgow took their own life.

Other organisations that can support you if you are having suicidal thoughts, have been bereaved by suicide or are concerned about someone include:


Choose Life Local Activities:

►For more information on how to get involved in Choose Life / Suicide Prevention events, see our 'Get Involved' page.


Choose Life in Glasgow

In Glasgow there is a Choose Life multi agency group, which is working on:

Addressing the training needs of partner agencies.

Creating links with voluntary organisations providing support to those feeling suicidal or affected by suicide.

Looking at how to improve public services to better identify and support those who are feeling suicidal.

For information on training in the Glasgow area -

Email the Choose Life Coordinator for Glasgow

New Choose Life Strategy Launched

In December 2013 the Scottish Government published the new suicide prevention strategy. The strategy is structured around 5 themes, with 11 specific commitments for action.

The key themes are:

  • Responding to people in distress
  • Talking about suicide
  • Improving the NHS response to suicide
  • Developing the evidence base
  • Supporting change and improvement

View the full strategy on the Scottish Government's website.