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.

If you need help right now, please call emergency services on 999.

Please go to the Get Help Now page if you require support immediately – Get Help Now

East Lothian Council has a nominated Choose Life co-ordinator who plays a key role in implementing the local action plan. You can find details of the local coordinator here.

There are a number of different awareness and training events. Training courses include:

  • SuicideTALK – a 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.


Intended Client Groups:

  • Other
    • People at risk of suicide and their families

Provider's Name: The Scottish Government

Type: Charity/Voluntary

The devolved government for Scotland has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.

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