If you are worried that someone is suicidal,
If you are thinking about killing yourself,
talk to someone.
Most people who attempt suicide do not want to die: they just
don't feel able to cope with the pain of life.
Suicide and suicidal feelings are often, but not always, linked
to mental illness. But lots of people who attempt to take their own
lives have never had contact with mental health services.
Suicide is rare, but nonetheless it is one of the main causes of
death among young people in Scotland: more common than road
accidents. Thinking about suicide is a common response in an urgent
situation, but immediate help is available.
If you are having suicidal feelings, contact Breathing
0800 83 85 87 or the Samaritans on 08457 909090.
You can also talk to your GP or contact NHS 24 on 08457
If you are worried about someone else
Choose Life, Scotland's suicide prevention strategy, says:
Someone you know may be at risk of suicide if they:
- talk about wanting to die or not being able to find a way out
of a difficult situation
- have been through stressful life events and don't seem to be
- start giving away possessions
- start putting things in order e.g. arranging wills, pet care or
- show marked changes in behaviour, appearance or mood
- appear distracted, sad, distant or lacking in
- are misusing drugs and/or alcohol.
Also watch out for sudden calmness or uplift in mood. This can
sometimes be because having decided to attempt suicide, the person
feels relieved that they have found a solution to their problems,
no matter how drastic this may be.
You can help:
- Let them talk about their feelings
- Listen to what they have to say and show that you care
- Ask if they are thinking about suicide