If you are worried that someone is suicidal, ask them.
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. 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.
You can also talk to your GP or contact NHS 24 on 08457 242424.
Choose Life, Scotland's suicide prevention strategy, says:
Someone you know may be at risk of suicide if they:
Also watch out for sudden calmness or uplift in mood. This can sometimes be because, having decided to attempt suicide, the person feels relieved as they think they have found a solution to their problems, no matter how drastic this may be.