Choose Life

Choose Life is Scotland’s Suicide Prevention strategy.

If you are feeling suicidal or are worried about someone else, don’t try to cope alone. Speak to someone you trust or call a helpline. Most people who are having thoughts of suicide do not want to die, they want to end the pain they are currently feeling. If you think someone you know is having suicidal thoughts – ask them.

There are some helpful contacts below you could pass on to them.

Edinburgh Crisis Centre on freephone 0808 801 0414

Samaritans local branch on 0131 221 9999 or national line 116 123. You can also drop in at 25 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8HX between 9:00am – 10:00pm. This location is wheelchair accessible. 

Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 (between 6.00 pm and 2.00 am every day)

Edinburgh City has a nominated Choose Life co-ordinator who plays a key role in implementing Edinburgh City’s local action plan. Edinburgh City has identified a wide range of local priorities for action with a particular focus on:

  • educating and raising public awareness of suicide prevention
  • delivering prevention and intervention actions
  • providing practical support to those affected by suicide
  • working with a wide range of partners to ensure that suicide prevention is everyone’s business
  • training the general public and key professional groups in suicide awareness and intervention skills.
There are a number of different awareness and training events. Training courses include:
  • SuicideTALK – short session that raises awareness of suicide, and provides a solid foundation for suicide prevention.
  • SafeTALK – a half a day course that explores how you would ask someone if they were thinking about suicide.
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) – a two day course that offers practical help to enable caregivers to recognise and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide..

Full details of training courses are on the Choose Life website.

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This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

People affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts.

Contact Info. & Service Address

Waverley Court
4E Market Place

Provider's Name: Choose Life

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Choose Life In 2002, the Scottish Executive launched Choose Life, a ten year strategy and action plan to reduce suicide in Scotland. Choose Life sets out a framework to ensure that action is taken nationally and locally to build skills, develop training, encourage people to seek help early, improve knowledge and awareness of 'what works' to prevent suicide, and to encourage partnership working and improved co-ordination between services. What is Choose Life doing in Edinburgh? Encouraging and supporting innovative local voluntary agencies, community-based and self-help initiatives which work towards suicide prevention in local neighbourhoods and communities. Choose Life also organises training for staff from a variety of settings such as hospitals and the City of Edinburgh Council as well as voluntary organisations. Choose Life funds four projects in Edinburgh; The Edinburgh Self Harm Project and three school based projects in the Oxgangs area, Wester Hailes and Pilton. For more information contact the Choose Life co-ordinator – contact details below.

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